The WPIAL has been known as a recruiting hotbed for football for a long time. While many agree that it has tailed off now, there is still a lot of talent. Perhaps not enough to fuel an FBS team, but FCS may be another story. This is the angle that no one ever mentions when talking about recruiting in this area.
And it’s an important one. As teams like Pitt have their fortunes fall on the diminished talent -and lose out on some key battles to teams like PSU and tOSU – the Dukes continue to get talented Pittsburgh-area players to come to the Bluff, and many of them are of the ex-BCS variety.
In this case, Wayne Capers (S) of Chartiers Valley and Armstead Williams (LB) of Purdue are reportedly headed to Duquesne.
Capers will be reunited with fellow Chartiers Valley Colt Christian Kuntz on the defensive side of the ball. He was battling some injuries this year and had some other health complications, according to this article. “He’s had a lot of medical issues, so physically he hasn’t been able to go,” Rodriguez said. “So we don’t ever think he’ll play here again. The biggest thing for him is to get his medical stuff — we think it’s an abdominal, stomach thing— cleared up.”
He was a contributor as a true freshman and played in a bowl game that year, and was limited this year. As a senior in high school, he was recruited by Pitt, Penn State, and WVU. Hopefully, Wayne is able to take care of his health – that’s obviously the most important thing.
Williams, a Gateway product, did not play in 2011 and so may have three years available to him. The 17th best LB recruit in the country back when he was picking schools, he will get a lot of attention in the front seven. He was a Fabulous 22 pick.
The moves will bolster what already looked to be a strong returning defense for the Dukes.
Thanks to our good Twitter buddy @WPIALInsider for breaking this. Certainly we welcome these two athletes back to the Burgh and on to the Bluff.
I smell good things coming next fall for this Duquesne team. I’ve never been so excited for a season so far away from it.