Recruit Report: Jeter's stock continues on the rise

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Count Pitt among the schools that are now interested in Beaver Falls basketball player Sheldon Jeter .

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon attended Beaver Falls' game against Aliquippa Tuesday night, and Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega said the Panthers seem to be showing more interest lately in the 6-foot-7 Jeter, a senior guard-forward.

Coaches from South Carolina also attended the Aliquippa-Beaver Falls game and offered Jeter a scholarship. A few weeks ago, Wisconsin offered Jeter. Penn State and a few others also are very interested.

Effects of change

The stories of linebackers T.J. Neal of McKeesport and Dakota Conwell of Upper St. Clair are a good example of how coaching changes affect recruiting.

Neal committed to Illinois Sunday while Conwell committed to Arizona. Neither player was even considering those schools a month or so ago. He had said Nebraska, West Virginia and Syracuse were his finalists. But when Ron Zook was fired at Illinois and Tim Beckman was hired, Beckman's staff started to show interest in Neal. He decided to look at Illinois, visited the school this past weekend and fell in love with it.

"I wasn't considering Illinois at all before," Neal said.

Conwell committed to Pitt last summer, but when coach Todd Graham left to become Arizona State's new coach, Conwell had second thoughts. When former Pitt assistant Tony Gibson started recruiting Conwell for Arizona, Conwell decided to give the Wildcats a look. He visited Arizona this weekend and committed a day after he got back.

Meyer makes rounds

New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was in the Pittsburgh area Tuesday, recruiting some juniors and sophomores. He was at Gateway and also North Allegheny. Gateway has some juniors and seniors with plenty of potential. At North Allegheny, Meyer was recruiting standout junior lineman Pat Kugler .


• Seton-LaSalle running back Mark Hart , a member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22, has decided to play at William & Mary.

• The recruiting saga of one of the top QBs in the country has ended. Gunner Kiel will play for Notre Dame. Kiel, who played at Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., had made a verbal commitment to Indiana last year. But he backed out of that, looked elsewhere and decided to attend LSU. But he changed his mind again and contacted Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly last weekend.

Kiel decided on Notre Dame Tuesday and there is no verbal commitment this time. Kiel has enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring semester.

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