With four days left until National Signing Day and two big targets choosing to sign elsewhere, I figured it was time to look what can happen in the next few days.
With Nathan Proctor and Tyjuan Garbutt committing with Virginia Tech early, it allowed a few new names to enter the picture for Pitt.
Pitt currently has 22 commitments and as I’ve said before, I think they can push this class to 25 or possibly 26 kids. The question now is who will those remaining three or four scholarships go to?
The most interesting question is whether Pitt would take commitments from both running backs A.J. Davis and Kyshaun Bryan. It’s a fascinating question.
Today, Bryan de-committed from South Carolina and officially opened up his recruitment. This weekend, Bryan is making an official visit to Iowa and should make his final decision shortly after returning.
It’s interesting that Bryan will make his decision before Davis, who won’t announce until Signing Day. If Bryan commits to Pitt, I just don’t see Pitt saying no to a talent like Davis if he wants to come to Pitt.
Although Pitt’s running depth chart would be Chawntez Moss, Darrin Hall, Todd Sibley, AJ Davis, Kyshaun Bryan and Quadree Ollison, a team can never have too much talent. How many 4-5 star running backs are on Alabama and Clemson’s roster? It’s why people use the phrase “We don’t rebuild, We reload.”
The second most interesting spot to look at is at the defensive lineman, particularly the defensive tackles.
Pitt has already received a commitment from Kam Carter so how many more defensive lineman will they take?
Washington DC defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman is someone that everyone assumes will commit to Pitt on Signing Day. The new name that entered the picture this week is Florida defensive tackle Lamonte McDougle. Why would Pitt be recruiting him if they believed they’re getting Twyman? Would Pat Narduzzi take three defensive lineman?
The final position that Pitt hopes to get a commitment from is at defensive end. Earlier in the week, Garbutt committed to Virginia Tech and Victor Dimukeje gave a pledge to Duke.
Who’s left for Pitt?
The top target and a player that has a high of a ceiling as Garbutt is Guy Thomas, who’s currently committed to Nebraska. Thomas is not a fall back recruit or someone to dismiss. Aside from Paris Ford, he would have as impressive a list of offers as anyone in Pitt’s Class. Before committing to Nebraska, Thomas held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL) and Michigan.
Landing Thomas would ease the blow of losing Garbutt and Proctor, trust me.
The other player that Pitt is actively pursuing is North Carolina DE Zion Debose. Considering VA Tech landed a few defensive ends in the past week, this battle appears to come down to Pitt, Illinois and Misouri.
What will happen in these next four days for the Panthers?