April 25, 2006
By Tom Lemming
Special to CSTV.com
Tom is CSTV's college football recruiting analyst, and writes for CSTV.com regularly. E-mail here!
· LB Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
It was a horrible recruiting year for the Big East -- with all five of these impact players matriculating to just two different schools -- but one major standout is Dickerson. This 6-foot-3, 210-pounder can do it all, having logged time at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, strong safety and outside linebacker at Imperial West Allegheny. No matter what the position, Dickerson plays like a champ.
On offense, he's a long strider with good vision and instincts with tremendous hands. He could play either running back or wide receiver at Pitt. On defense, Dickerson was one of the most aggressive players in western
· DE Deantwan Whitehead, Louisville
Whitehead, a mammoth 6-foot-6, 245-pounder from Birmingham West End in
Questions surrounded Whitehead after he sat out his junior season with a blown knee. But the
· WR Josh Chichester,
Chichester's vitals -- 6-foot-8, 210 pounds -- automatically make the West Chester Lakota West product one of the more intriguing freshman prospects in the country. The
· TE Nate Byham,
The No. 1 tight end prospect in the East is one of the more athletic players in the country at his position. The Franklin Area alum doesn't have a lot of weight to him -- he's more of a receiver than a blocker -- but he's simply one of the fastest and more prolific receivers around. A lot of people expect him to come into Pitt and play right away.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound incoming frosh shows excellent size, natural tools, quick feet, long arms and exceptional athletic ability. He's got the frame to weigh around 250 pounds in college and, for the time being, he's playing basketball which keeps him lean and mean. When running his patterns he can change direction quickly and he gets in and out of his cuts and is exceptionally quick off the line.
· DL Jason Pinkston,
Pinkston is a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman from Pittsburgh Baldwin who emerged as one of the most dominating defensive lineman in the East. Aside from his explosive first step, Pinkston is excellent in pursuit, presents quick hand and even quicker feet. He's got very good balance and body control while running down backs.
The local native is a fiery (but good) competitor who's earned a reputation for just making plays. As a senior, he logged 100 tackles, seven sacks and 10 tackles for losses on his way to All-State honors.