For the second day in a row, Pitt has fought off Notre Dame for a commitment. Yesterday it was Connecticut cornerback Jason Pinnock and tonight it’s Florida wide receiver Michael Smith.
Tonight, Smith told Pat Narduzzi and wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman of the news while they were with him on an in-home visit. Smith considered the offer he had from Notre Dame but in the end knew that Pitt was the right fit for him. Smith is the third wide receiver commitment and 21st overall commitment in this year’s class.
Smith (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is a big, playmaking receiver that Coach Sherman evaluated and offered before any big schools got involved. Smith, who didn’t start playing football until his junior year, largely flew under the radar on the national recruiting stage, but started getting attention after posting monster numbers his senior year at Vero Beach High School. Other than Pitt, the 3-star receiver also held offers from Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Indiana.
Smith’s commitment also continued Pitt’s run of recruits from the state of Florida. In this Class of 2017, Narduzzi has landed 6 players from the Sunshine State. That number could grow to 7 or 8 with the addition of A.J Davis and/or Kyshaun Bryan.
- Michael Smith, Vero Beach
- Albert Tucker, Ft. Lauderdale
- Dontavius Butler, Plantation
- Jerry Drake, Palm Beach Gardens
- Deslin Alexandre, Deerfield Beach
- Damarri Mathis, Lakeland