Recruit Report: Conwell taking a look at Arizona

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This doesn't necessarily mean Dakota Conwell won't go to Pitt, but Conwell has decided to look at another college.

Conwell, an Upper St. Clair senior, will make an official visit to the University of Arizona next weekend. Conwell made a verbal commitment to Pitt last summer and was recruited to play the Panthers' "spur" position, a cross between an outside linebacker/strong safety. When coach Todd Graham left to become Arizona State's coach, Conwell had said he was still solid with his Pitt commitment.

But an Arizona assistant coach has enticed Conwell to give the Wildcats a chance. Tony Gibson was on Graham's staff at Pitt before leaving to become an Arizona assistant under Rich Rodriguez. Gibson recruited Conwell for Pitt. Conwell would play a position at Arizona similar to the "spur."

Although Conwell has spoken with new Pitt coach Paul Chryst and although he still might sign with Pitt next month, Conwell said, "I just want to make sure I make the best decision for myself."

Haering for Western Pa.?

With Chris Haering resigning as Mt. Lebanon High School coach to become an assistant at Pitt under Chryst, it will be interesting to see what kind of effect Haering has on Western Pennsylvania recruiting. One would think Haering will recruit the district because of his ties to the area (he was Mt. Lebanon's coach for 17 seasons).

As a coach, Haering was well-respected by his peers in the WPIAL. That should help. How well he can recruit remains to be seen.

Voytik on TV

Pitt quarterback recruit Chad Voytik will be on national television Saturday when he plays in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The all-star game includes many of the top players in the country, and NBC will show the contest live, starting at noon.

Voytik, of Cleveland, Tenn., committed to Pitt last summer and has said a number of times in recent weeks that he is sticking with his commitment, despite the departure of Graham.

Cousin to cousin

Sto-Rox linebacker Deaysean Rippy took his first official visit in mid-December to the University of Colorado. His host was his cousin.

Doug Rippy is a junior linebacker at Colorado who was fifth on the team in tackles this past season, despite playing only seven games. Doug Rippy is from Columbus, Ohio.

Deaysean Rippy plans to make more visits in the upcoming weeks.


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