Pitt is playing a lot of freshmen this season, and at least one of the WPIAL's top uncommitted seniors has taken notice.
Gateway safety Montae Nicholson would be a major pickup for Pitt. Rivals ranks Nicholson as the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania. He has more than 30 scholarship offers.
Nicholson has been to both of Pitt's home games. He said that seeing 12 freshmen take the field already has been an eye-opener.
"It has shown they have faith in freshmen," Nicholson said. "It also shows they are recruiting very well."
Of the dozen to see action, seven are local products -- Clairton's Tyler Boyd, Titus Howard and Terrish Webb; Belle Vernon's Dorian Johnson; Seton-LaSalle's Scott Orndoff; Gateway's Jaymar Parrish; and Allderdice's Tyrique Jarrett.
Nicholson made an official visit to Michigan State earlier this month and has scheduled upcoming visits to Pitt and Oregon.
"I want to come in and contribute as a true freshman," Nicholson said. "[Pitt] Coach [Paul] Chryst is a sincere guy and so is the rest of the staff. They aren't going to talk up [playing as a freshman] and then not play you. He does what he says he's going to do."
Shady Side Academy running back Dennis Briggs has already committed to Pitt. He said it's been exciting to see all the new faces get on the field.
"It speaks volumes for what's going to happen at Pitt in the future," he said.
Diop in high demand
Yacine Diop has yet to play a WPIAL game, but some believe she will be the best girls basketball player -- and most heavily recruited senior -- in the area this season.
Diop, a guard at Seton-LaSalle and native of Senegal, did not play last season after the PIAA and WPIAL ruled her ineligible after transferring from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Division I schools from across the country are reportedly in hot pursuit, but Diop has been tight-lipped about her recruitment and which schools have offered her.
"Yacine is very interesting," Seton-LaSalle coach Spencer Stefko said. "She's very adamant that this is a private thing."
One school interested is Pitt, which has already received commitments from Seton-LaSalle senior Naje Gibson and junior teammate Cassidy Walsh.
Seton-LaSalle athletic director John Ashaolu, the team's coach last season, said Diop is as good as advertised.
"I think she's probably one of the best players in the eastern part of the country," he said. "If there's going to be a better player in the WPIAL, I want to know who's coming in."
More basketball recruiting
Lincoln Park's Elijah Minnie, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, said he currently holds 13 Division I offers. Duquesne, Robert Morris, Virginia Tech and Temple are a few of the schools on the list. Minnie said he expects Pitt, West Virginia, Memphis and N.C. State to offer soon.