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Assembly With Calijah Kancey Set Basis For Francis Brewu’s Pitt Dedication

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In the event you watch the primary few performs from Francis Brewu’s 13 minutes of junior season Hudl tape, you’ll see precisely what drew the Pitt teaching workers and the areas he prides himself on. The 2-go hand-in-hand, after all.

He powers by way of a helpless inside lineman on the primary play, he rips previous a equally helpless inside lineman on the second play and he even strains up out broad and reveals his wonderful pursuit on the third play. All three finish in sacks.

Brewu was a outstanding fixture in opposing backfields as a junior at Thomas Worthington Excessive in Columbus, Ohio, racking up 25 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. He gained together with his quickness off the road of scrimmage and the aggressively environment friendly utilization of his arms when attacking opposing offensive linemen.

Each attributes not solely attracted Pitt’s teaching workers — line of defense coach Charlie Partridge particularly — however allowed Brewu to showcase that he’s a defensive lineman working to observe within the footsteps of previous Pitt greats.

He furthered that objective by committing to Pitt Wednesday, after spending time with each Partridge and Calijah Kancey throughout his observe go to on Tuesday.

“The principle cause is simply coach Partridge is without doubt one of the greatest ever, so the issues they do with guys my dimension are simply second to none,” Brewu advised PSN. “For instance, Calijah Kancey, I really bought an opportunity to fulfill him once I was down there, and he’s only a man who’s round my precise dimension.

“He’s clearly going to be within the first spherical of the draft class this yr, and the NFL is an enormous objective of mine, so I believe if there’s a spot that I wish to go to get that achieved, Pitt’s the place to be.”

It wasn’t a very lengthy assembly with Kancey, since he’s a busy man, after all, however the two have been in a position to chop it up for a bit, discuss a bit about Pitt soccer. Kancey advised Brewu that he actually loved his time in Pittsburgh, calling it the place to be. And Brewu took that to coronary heart.

Pitt’s system has produced the likes of Donald, Kancey and Jaylen Twyman over the past decade, all three incomes All-American honors whereas measuring nicely beneath the extremely publicized 6-foot-3 line. And are available Could, all three could have been NFL Draft picks.

There’s a degree of quickness off the road and a level of hand-to-hand aggression that jumps off the web page when watching Kancey and Donald, and it’s these two areas Brewu prides himself on. They’re explosive, highly effective gamers (in a position to undergo or round offensive linemen), and Brewu’s objective is to mannequin himself off of each “undersized” linemen with the same degree of velocity and energy.

“I really feel like I match completely within the system,” Brewu mentioned. “I’m quick, I’m fast, I’m robust, I’m identical to what they’re used to seeing in that Pitt D-line.”

Any comparisons to Donald and Kancey, who’ve a powerful risk of being two of Pitt’s three first spherical NFL Draft picks over the past decade, are clearly lofty. Brewu hasn’t even performed his senior season at Thomas Worthington but, however he’s working to be the subsequent nice Pitt defensive lineman, nonetheless.

A dedication now, getting it out of the best way earlier than his recruitment would’ve picked up over the summer season, is what he wished with a purpose to grind each within the classroom and on the soccer area. He needs to be nice.

Brewu appears like he’s an awesome soccer participant, but in addition an awesome one that loves to attach with folks and convey them collectively. He has a 3.5 GPA, too. However he desires of being the subsequent nice Pitt defensive lineman to star within the NFL. And to carry house a nationwide championship.

“My message is let’s go win the natty,” Brewu mentioned. “That’s my message, let’s get it rolling.”



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Duquesne Contacts St. Francis Switch Guard Landon Moore and Pitt Switch John Hugley

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The Duquesne Dukes are doing their due diligence in purchasing by means of the switch portal.

A supply tells Pittsburgh Sports activities Now that the Duquesne teaching workers have reached out to no less than 50 gamers which have entered the switch portal this week. Keith Dambrot’s considering with this possible is that he feels they should cowl all of the bases, with some gamers clearly being extra life like than others.

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Earlier at the moment, we advised you in regards to the Dukes contacting Pepperdine guard Mike Mitchell, Jr. and now we’ve a pair extra names for you.

The primary title is somebody that Duquesne followers are possible conversant in.

Though this one in all probability falls underneath the not going due to the NIL compensation required to have a shot, Duquesne is one in every of many groups to achieve out to Pitt switch heart John Hugley. The Cleveland, Ohio native introduced his resolution to go away Pitt on Tuesday. Hugley hasn’t performed a lot of the season as a result of off the courtroom points.

Not surprisingly, Hugley has been a well-liked participant as Joe Tipton stories that he’s obtained early curiosity from Michigan, Oregon, Miami, Rutgers, Xavier, Arkansas, LSU, Cincinnati, Iowa State, West Virginia, Maryland, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Wisconsin, Butler, Dayton, Ohio, Arizona State, Georgia, Oakland and Cleveland State.

PSN has additionally realized that Duquesne has reached out to St. Francis (PA) switch guard Landon Moore.

The 6’3″, 200-pound freshman guard averaged 13.1 factors, 2.8 rebounds and three.6 assists in 30.7 minutes per recreation. Moore performed in solely 19 video games after breaking his hand 4 video games into the convention season for St. Francis. Moore was in a position to return for the NEC convention match.

Duquesne will probably be searching for a guard within the portal to exchange Tevin Brewer.

 



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Blake Hinson Not Targeted on Former Group in Preparation For Spherical of 64

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Blake Hinson meets his former staff within the Iowa Cyclones Friday within the First Spherical of the 2023 NCAA Event, however he isn’t putting any of his consideration on the previous. 

“I’m simply able to play my subsequent sport in March Insanity, and I’m centered on profitable,” Hinson mentioned. 

Hinson started his school profession at Ole Miss for 2 seasons earlier than transferring to Iowa State. He didn’t take part in the course of the 2020-21 season on account of a non-Covid-19 associated medical situation and left the staff previous to the 2021-22 marketing campaign, lacking two seasons earlier than touchdown at Pitt.

The junior guard mentioned he had no response when he noticed Iowa State could be the opponent if Pitt superior previous the First 4 and “would slightly not say” the reasoning behind leaving this system. 

“I adore it right here,” Hinson mentioned. “That is my favourite location I’ve ever been. H2P.”

Iowa State head coach T.J. Otzelberger believes each ISU and Hinson have moved previous the matter and see each side discovering success.

“Blake is a terrific younger man, and he signed as much as play for the coach previous to us,” Otzelberger mentioned. “I feel it’s one thing the place he felt prefer it wasn’t one of the best match for him, and I feel each side have carried out proper with it.”

It’s neat to see Blake proceed to play properly and elevate his sport, and on the identical time, you realize, we’re happy with the place we’re at with our program.

“It’s a kind of conditions the place I feel everyone needs to make one thing out of it, and on the finish there’s a younger man who’s enjoying very well on an NCAA event staff, after which it’s our group that’s enjoying properly additionally. So, everyone got here out okay in that scenario.”

Pittsburgh Panthers ahead Blake Hinson (2) January 3, 2023 David Hague/PSN

Otzelberger harped on an analogous subject numerous coaches addressed earlier than dealing with Pitt this season, the problem of dealing with a veteran presence all through the roster. 

“Yeah, they’re a very good basketball staff, they usually’re enjoying properly. They’ve continued to raise their play later within the season,” Otzelberger mentioned. “They’re a staff that with these veteran gamers, you possibly can see that have come out, particularly later in video games. They’ve been lucky to win some shut ones due to it. So only a actually skilled group that’s enjoying for each other and a number of respect for them and their program.”

Jeff Capel mentioned he has not addressed Hinson concerning the Cyclones and is targeted on the duty at hand. 

“If you end up within the midst of it and you might be nonetheless going, you give attention to the following factor that’s in entrance of you. , one of many issues I’ve talked about is correct now we have now to take away all of the rearview mirrors,” Capel mentioned. “We’re simply wanting straight out the entrance and what’s forward of us. Once we’re completed, and hopefully it’s some time earlier than we’re completed, then we’ll have time to look behind us and actually, you realize, discuss what we’ve achieved.”

He isn’t attempting to individualize the matchup and garner consideration away from what issues most.

“For us, it’s Pitt towards Iowa State. It’s not Blake towards Iowa State or Iowa State towards Blake,” Capel mentioned. “They’ve an impressive staff.”



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Duquesne Basketball Reaches Out To Pepperdine Switch Mike Mitchell, Jr.

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The Duquesne Dukes have reached out to Pepperdine guard Mike Mitchell Jr., who not too long ago entered his title within the NCAA Switch Portal.

Mitchell is a 6’2, 185-pound guard from San Jose, California and he’ll have 2 seasons of athletic eligibility remaining.

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Final season for Pepperdine, Mitchell performed in 31 video games and averaged 11.4 factors, 5.0 assists, 4.1 rebounds, whereas taking part in 33 minutes per sport. As a freshman, he put up related numbers, averaging 9.1 factors, 4.9 assists and three.9 rebounds per sport. In two seasons at Pepperdine, Mitchell was a forty five% shooter from the sector and a 42% shooter from past the 3-point arc.

Duquesne can be taking a look at Michell as a substitute for Tevin Brewer of their beginning lineup.

Contemplating he’s from California, it will seem that Duquesne must do numerous work and be aggressive with NIL alternatives for Mitchell, however PSN has realized that the Duquesne employees has a great relationship with Mitchell’s AAU coaches, in order that could possibly be a think about Duquesne’s favor.



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