High school notebook: Quaker Valley's Jackson picks Pitt for football
After a morning tour of campus, Cornell senior Dane Jackson committed Tuesday to play football at Pitt.
Yet, his decision had been made awhile ago.
“I always knew Pitt was the school I wanted,” said Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback recruit who became the fifth WPIAL athlete to join in the school's 2015 recruiting class.
Two days after Pitt offered a scholarship, he accepted.
“It's my hometown school,” said Jackson, who held offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana State, Albany and Duquesne. “I'll get to stay close to my family, and my family will get to see me play.”
Jackson attends Cornell but starred for Quaker Valley's football team through a cooperative agreement between the schools. As a junior, the quarterback had more than 2,000 combined yards rushing and passing last season. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25 and led the Quakers to their first WPIAL playoff victory.
Pitt offered a scholarship Sunday after watching him practice at cornerback.
“I'm fine with (defense),” he said. “I'll play anywhere I'm needed.”
After visiting Pitt's practice facility, the Cathedral of Learning and Petersen Events Center, Jackson told coach Paul Chryst that he was ready to commit.
“He was happy,” Jackson said. “He got up, he smiled real wide and gave me a hug. It was a big relief (for me) too.”
• Pitt also landed its 11th recruit for the Class of 2015 on Tuesday, when Davon Hamilton (6-3, 283), a 3-star defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio, made a verbal commitment.
He is the second defensive tackle in the class, joining Kraig Howe of Kettering, Ohio.
Fulmore picks Duquesne
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic running back P.J. Fulmore, who rushed for 1,146 yards as a junior last season, verbally committed Tuesday to Duquesne. Fulmore was a member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 when the Trojans won the PIAA Class A title.
Vulcano out at CV
The Chartiers Valley School Board accepted the retirement of athletic director Frank Vulcano on Tuesday. Vulcano, who was named the 2012-13 WPIAL Athletic Director of the Year, spent eight years at Chartiers Valley and oversaw teams that won 29 section titles.
Vulcano said he was forced to submit a letter of retirement because the district wanted new leadership.
“I had eight great years there with a lot of success,” Vulcano said. “I thought we had the overall program headed in the right direction.”
Also Tuesday, Chartiers Valley hired Angie Potthoff as its new athletic director. Potthoff is a former Penn State basketball All-American who spent the past four years as the associate director of women's basketball operations and technology at Notre Dame. She also was an assistant coach at Beaver High School and Robert Morris.
• Burrell hired Kiski Area and St. Vincent graduate Aaron Frech, 22, as its new athletic director. He replaces Brian Ferra, who resigned to spend more time with his family.
West A hires Wells
The West Allegheny School Board last week hired Reggie Wells as its new girls basketball coach. Wells won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA title and compiled a record of 176-62 while coaching the South Park girls the past nine years. He resigned after this past season.
Aloi hearing update
The PIAA will hear an appeal by Lincoln Park's Nick Aloi, a rising junior basketball player who transferred from Ellwood City in January, on July 23.
Aloi was denied eligibility by the WPIAL, which deemed he transferred in part for athletic intent. The 6-foot guard averaged 15 points as a freshman. He missed his sophomore season after ACL surgery.
If the PIAA upholds the WPIAL's decision, Aloi would be ineligible until Jan. 21, 2015.
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Latest loss has Panthers looking for answers
- Pitt notebook: Chryst says Voytik may be overthinking
- Pitt notebook: Cornerback issues emblematic of Panthers’ woes
- Pitt guard Wright breaks foot, to miss about 10 weeks
- Pitt’s potent rushing attack could slow down the passing game
- Pitt embarrassed by Akron at home, 21-10
- Dedicated preparation not lost on Pitt quarterback Voytik