After losing/trimming Pitt's recruiting class by five, head coach Paul Chryst finally got some good news adding an offensive lineman in Gabe Roberts.
Since Pitt is desperately hurting for them, it was good to see Chryst land a lineman. But if you were hoping for a big-time recruit, Roberts ain't it. From the sound of things, he's more of a project with potential.
Roberts wasn't highly-regarded, but as Paul Zeise of the Post-Gazette points out, that's partially due to the fact that he suffered an injury last summer.
Roberts coming to Pitt was kind of a late surprise and he admitted this scenario hadn't really crossed his mind:
Roberts apparently was looking hard at Wisconsin, but would have had to go as a walk-on. As I said, he wasn't highly regarded, either. Scout and Rivals only rated him as a two-star recruit and he reportedly didn't have any other major offers.
"If you told me a month ago I was going to go to Pitt, I would have laughed pretty hard," Roberts said.
Despite all that, though, one thing to like is his frame. He's 6'4" and nearly 300 pounds, so he fits the mold of a big body ... something Pitt sorely needs on the line right now losing Lucas Nix, Jordan Gibbs, and Greg Gaskins (and maybe even Chris Jacobson, if he can't get a sixth year of eligibility).