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Pitt allowed national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming to stage the cover photo for his Prep Football Report Saturday at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex on the South Side.

That conveniently brought the best and brightest high school football prospects in the state to Pitt for its Blue Chip Day.

Among those in attendance were the following WPIAL and City League stars: Jeannette quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Thomas Jefferson tackle Lucas Nix (younger brother of Pitt linebacker Nate), Aliquippa receiver Jonathan Baldwin, Gateway linebacker Shayne Hale, cornerback/return specialist Cameron Saddler and all-purpose back Leon Green (a West Mifflin transfer), Hopewell linebacker David Posluszny (younger brother of former Penn State linebacker Paul), lineman Ryan Turnley and running back Jared Rains, Trinity linebackers Andrew Sweat and Mike Yancich, Central Catholic quarterback Tino Sunseri and tight end/defensive end Quentin Williams, Laurel Highlands defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, Montour running back/linebacker Christian Wilson and Shady Side Academy tackle Mike Farrell, as well as Brashear receiver Ed Tinker, cornerback Quamane Bryant and linebacker Jermaine Robinson.

The following out-of-town players also were there: Johnstown Bishop McCort tight end Mike Cruz, Johnstown receiver/defensive back Antwuan Reed, Wilmington tailback Chris Burns, Scranton tight end Hubie Graham, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt’s Julian Howell, Blue Mountain’s Matt Stankiewicz, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney linebackers Brandon Beachum, Taylor Hill and Mike Zordich and safety Dan McCarthy, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward linebacker Justin Staples, Madison Heights (Ohio) tight end Nic DeLillo, Cleveland Heights’ Travis Kelce and Churchville-Chili (N.Y.) multi-purpose back Averin Collier, younger brother of Pitt tailback Kevin.

Lemming, who helps select the U.S. Army All-American Bowl participants, believes this is one of the best classes to come out of Western Pennsylvania in some time.

“It’s fantastic,” Lemming said. “It maybe the country’s best area, in terms of talent.”

&#149 Lemming was ahead of the curve as the first recruiting analyst to rank Jeannette’s Pryor, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback-safety, the nation’s No. 1 football prospect.

Lemming isn’t about to back off.

“He really is, because I’ve seen everybody on film,” Lemming said. “He’s such a tremendous talent because you don’t know where you’re going to play him: quarterback, receiver, safety, defensive end … He’s one of those who can play every position.”

Pryor told the Trib’s Tricia Lafferty that he recently received a scholarship offer from Southern Cal, which told him he could play both football and basketball. The Trojans have an advantage in that they are a perennial powerhouse in football and are on the verge of that status in basketball, now that O.J. Mayo is on his way to Troy.

Pryor also said he took an unofficial visit to Penn State Wednesday, where he was driven around in a golf cart by receiver Derrick Williams. Pryor plans to narrow his college choices to a top-10 list this summer.

Pryor watched Pitt’s scrimmage on the field with Tyler Palko, then with Gateway stars Shayne Hale, Cameron Saddler and Leon Green, a West Mifflin transfer who is one of Pryor’s best friends. Later, Pryor spent time on the sidelines, talking on his cell phone after learning that Herb Pope, his teammate on the Pittsburgh J.O.T.S. AAU club, was shot early Saturday morning.

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