Anson wrote earlier today that the departure of Trey Anderson and the de-commitment of Alex Hornibrook left Pitt short on depth at the quarterback position heading into next year. In what appears to be a corresponding move to those recent events, newly appointed Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney is visiting local standout, Ben DiNucci.
Pitt OC Jim Chaney will visit with Pine Richland HS QB Ben Dinucci. #Pitt— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) January 13, 2015
Ben DiNucci was the star quarterback for Pine Richland High School this season and was named the Gatorade player of the year in Pennsylvania. Under his guidance, he led the Rams to a 15-1 record and a state final appearance before bowing out to St. Joe's Prep in Hershey. DiNucci posted all kids of big numbers this season that included 4,269 passing yards and 46 passing touchdowns. Despite the great numbers and success at the state's highest classification, DiNucci has flown under the radar of major college recruiters.
Ben DiNucci checks in at 6'3" and somewhere just shy of 200 pounds. He reportedly committed to Penn, but did receive some FBS interest after the amazing season he completed. His Rivals page lists offers from Akron, Old Dominion, and New Mexico State as well as some FCS offers. It is unclear whether or not Pitt is offering him a scholarship at this point, or just taking him into consideration. His film is impressive, but the knock on him is his arm strength and throwing the ball down the field.
Pitt needs to add a quarterback in the near future one way or another. They have Chad Voytik and redshirt freshman Adam Bertke heading into next season, along with a pair of walk-ons, and converted wide receiver JaQuan Davidson currently filling the position. A guy like Ben DiNucci would not be expected to play right away. and if it does not work out with him, obviously no harm done. Pitt has 11 players committed with less than a month until signing day, so expect to hear many names in the coming weeks.