September 15, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer (left) and Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Paul Chryst (right) talk on the field before their game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Pitt came up with a huge win on Saturday. They were able to knock off the then ranked #13 team in the country in Virginia Tech. This win certainly helps Pitt's prospects to having a good 2012 season. This win could also make an impact on the recruiting trail. Pitt hosted a number of recruits, including some of their key targets.
Pitt hosted a number of big prospects this weekend in both football and basketball. Pitt has 17 prospects committed at this point for football. They can likely bring in 25 players for the 2013 class due to all the player transfers as a result of the coaching changes. Obviously it would be big for Paul Chryst to get 25 players in his first full recruiting class.
Pitt's 2013 recruiting class still has some holes and lacks the star power some people are looking for. Dorian Johnson was in attendance Saturday. The win over Virginia Tech is big because he lists them in his top three along with the Panthers. We have seen big wins help sway recruits before. The 2007 West Virginia win brought in a number of four star prospects that were looking at the Mountaineers as well. The win this past Saturday obviously caught the attention of all the visitors.(Must be a member)
Jamie Dixon hosted a huge prospect also. Beejay Anya appears to be a top priority for Pitt. He is a 6-9 forward out of DeMatha Catholic. He is a former teammate of current Pitt freshmen, James Robinson. Anya has DeJuan Blair written all over him, and would be a great fit for Pitt.
Recruiting is the lifeblood of any college football program. Pitt being able to beat a top flight program on television with close to 100 recruits in the building is about as good as it gets.