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Live: 2018 National Letter of Intent Signing Day

Live: 2018 National Letter of Intent Signing Day

Update (3:40 PM) – – 

Update (3:25 PM)- –

UPDATE, 12:09 p.m.

Minutes after his commitment, Pitt has received a letter of intent from four-star Washington D.C. running back Mychale Salahuddin.

UPDATE, 12:07 p.m.

Courtesy of Mychale Salahuddin

Four-star H.D. Woodson running back Mychale Salahuddin has committed to Pitt he announced at his school’s signing day ceremony.

Salahuddin is a 5-foor-10, 190-pound back that is noted for his breakaway speed. He becomes the highest-rated recruit in Pitt’s 2018 class.

Salahuddin chose Pitt over Syracuse on signing day and had previously committed to Southern California. He also had offers to attend Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others.

UPDATE, 11:48 a.m.

The last undecided Pitt transfer has a home. Former Panthers defensive back and linebacker Henry Miller II has signed with Bethune-Cookman.

Miller, a Florida native, will be returning to his home state with the Wildcats, who play in Daytona Beach. He’ll have three years of eligible and will be able to play immediately by dropping down to the FCS level.

UPDATE, 11:27 a.m.

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Another transferring Pitt player has made his destination official. Aliquippa linebacker Kaezon Pugh has signed with Howard University.

Pugh will be eligible immediately and will have three years to play with the Bison.

UPDATE, 11:18 a.m.

Rutgers graduate transfer offensive lineman Marcus Applefield had been targeted by the Panthers. Instead, he’s signed with Virginia.

Applefield is one of three graduate transfer offensive linemen the Panthers were been pursuing. They signed Kent State’s Stefano Millin earlier on signing day.

Applefield was a teammate at Rutgers of safety Kiy Hester, who is also transferring and is a target of the Panthers.

UPDATE, 10:47 a.m.

Courtesy of Habakkuk Baldonado

It’s official. Pitt has received a signed letter of intent from Italian defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado.

UPADTE, 10:40 a.m.

Pitt has secured the commitment of Clearwater, Florida defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado, he announced at a ceremony at his school.

Baldonado, a native of Rome, Italy, is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. He chose Pitt over Michigan State and Central Florida in his final decision.

He also had offers to Connecticut, Illinois, Nebraska and Syracuse, amongst others. Pitt’s recruiting class now stands at 21 members, pending the official submission of Baldonado’s paperwork.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.

WATCH: Pitt target Habakkuk Baldonado announces his decision:

UPDATE, 10:00 a.m.

Pitt target and Clearwater, Florida defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado has made his decision. But will he be picking Pitt? Baldonado will have a live stream of his decision, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., on his school’s twitter page. He’s picking between Central Florida, Michigan State and Pitt.

UPDATE, 9:42 a.m.

Junior college transfer Devon Davis has signed his letter of intent with Pitt, according to Lackawanna College.

Davis, the teammate of signee Chase Brown, will be coming to the Panthers as a walk-on.

UPDATE, 8:20 a.m.

All three commits are in the fold as Cypress, Texas cornerback Erick Hallett II has signed with the Panthers.

Hallett is listed at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds. He’ll be the only Texan on scholarship with Pitt and was recruited by new defensive coordinator Randy Bates, who recruited Texas for Northwestern.

UPDATE, 8:10 a.m.

Tight end Matt Alaimo, Pitt’s lone commit that didn’t sign during the early signing period, has officially signed with UCLA.

Alaimo de-committed from Pitt right after the first signing period ended and ended up choosing UCLA over Auburn and other offers. Alaimo was a high school teammate of Pitt quarterback signee Nick Patti.

UPDATE, 8:07 a.m.

Courtesy Kaymar Mimes

Pitt has its second official signing of the day as New Jersey defensive end Kaymar Mimes has completed and submitted his paperwork to the university.

Mimes, listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, comes to the Panthers from Long Branch High School in Long Branch, New Jersey and joins already singed quarterback Nick Patti as 2018 Panthers hailing from the Garden State.

UPDATE, 8:00 a.m.

Former Pitt defensive tackle Kam Carter has signed with Duquesne University.

Carter, who originally committed to Penn State out of high school, ended up at Eastern Mississippi Community College for his first two seasons, one of which was a redshirt year.

Carter then played as a redshirt sophomore at Pitt in 2017. He played in nine games, had four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

He’ll have two seasons of eligible to play with the Dukes and will be eligible immediately.

UPDATE, 7:53 a.m.

Courtesy of Stefano Millin

For some reason, the offensive linemen are always first.

Kent State offensive tackle Stefano Millin is the first Pitt player to submit his paperwork on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

Millin will be a graduate transfer and immediately eligibly for his final season in 2018. He’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds. Millin has played center, right and left tackle while starting the last two seasons for the Golden Flashes.

Here’s Pittsburgh Sports Now‘s interview with Millin:

Kent State OT Stefano Millin Transfers to Pitt

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Good morning, Pitt fans. It’s signing day.

Again.

If it feels like we just did this, well, you’re right. Thanks to a change in the NCAA rules, an early signing period was implemented for the first time this season, and as expected, teams took full advantage of it.

Pitt signed 17 players in the early signing period, so the typical hum of fax machines on the first Wednesday in February might be down to a slow crawl this time around when things open up at 7 a.m. eastern.

The Panthers have three players that have given their verbal commitments to sign with the team since the early signing period closed.

Texas cornerback Erick Hallett II and New Jersey defensive end Kaymar Mimes are both expected to submit paperwork today. Mimes could be the first player to submit his paperwork this morning. Hallett has to wait until 7 a.m. local time. Cypress, Texas, which is near Houston, is in the Central Time Zone, so he has to wait until at least 8 a.m. Eastern time.

In addition to those two freshmen, Pitt also has a verbal pledge from Kent State graduate transfer offensive lineman Stefano Millin, but it’s likely that his paperwork won’t be come official until after he graduates in the spring.

Outside of the players already mostly in the fold, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi still has some irons in the fire. The Panthers remain in the mix for Florida defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado and four-star Washington, D.C. running back Mychale Salahuddin.

Both players are expected to make their announcements around 10:30 a.m. Baldonado is choosing between Central Florida, Michigan State and Pitt. Salahuddin is picking between the Panthers and the Syracuse Orange.

The Panthers have also shown interest in Kentucky cornerback Jairus Brents, Michigan linebacker Colin Demens and Rutgers graduate transfer safety Kiy Hester.

Narduzzi is scheduled to speak with the media at 1 p.m., so it’s expected that all of the Panthers signings for the day will be completed at that time.

Stay with Pittsburgh Sports Now throughout the day as we keep you updated on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

UPDATE (7:45 AM)-

 


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Way to finish strong, Hail to Pitt.

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