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How Many More WPIAL Recruits for Pitt?



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The addition of Butler’s Jake Kradel gives Pitt their second WPIAL commitment for this year’s recruiting class.

A couple weeks ago, Thomas Jefferson defensive end Noah Palmer was the first from the WPIAL.

The question now is how many more “Pat Signals” will Pitt get from local kids?

In 2016, Narduzzi signed seven local commitments: Brandon Ford, Bricen Garner, Rashad Wheeler, Therran Coleman, Kaezon Pugh, Damar Hamlin and Aaron Mathews.

Last year, Pitt got four WPIAL commitments landing Paris Ford, Gabe Houy, Tyler Sear and Grant Carrigan.

What will it be in 2018?

Here are the local uncommitted players with Pitt offers and chances that I think they’ll end up at Pitt.

TJ Banks, TE, East Allegheny: Pitt told Banks last Wednesday when he visited that there only taking one more tight end in this class. Narduzzi and company have recruited this local talent for over two years and I really like Pitt’s chances of getting a commitment from him.

TJ Banks (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

Blake Zubovic, OT, Belle Vernon: Pitt was the first to offer this local offensive tackle and although Penn State could be a factor, I look for Zubovic to eventually commit to Pitt. He will visit Pitt tomorrow so keep an eye on that.

Courtesy of Blake Zubovic

Devin Danielson, DT, Thomas Jefferson: Danielson visited Pitt early this morning with teammate and current Pitt commitment Noah Palmer. While it would seem like Pitt would be in good position, I think they have more work to do in order to land him. This very talented defensive lineman holds major offers from UCLA, West Virginia, Virginia, Iowa, Michigan State, Louisville and Wisconsin. Paul Chryst and the Badgers are the team that Pitt should be worried about. I think this one is too close to call but I’d give Pitt a slight edge.

Courtesy of Devin Danielson

Courtesy of Devin Danielson

David Green, DT, Central Catholic: Pitt would like the pipeline to continue between them and Central Catholic but this could all come down to a few different things. How many defensive line commitments  does Pitt get between now and Green’s decision date? At which position they plan on starting Kradel? How many scholarships are left? I don’t have a prediction on Green.

Courtesy of David Green

Kwantel Raines, S, Aliquippa: Raines just came out with his Top Ten list but in the end, I believe this will come down to Pitt vs. Penn State. Although my opinion could change, my uneducated GUESS on this is that Penn State is in the lead for Raines.

Kwantel Raines at Heinz Field (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

Kwantel Raines at Heinz Field before the Pitt-Penn State game (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

Marcus Hooker, S, New Castle: After waiting for it, Hooker finally received the Pitt offer last week. Unless Ohio State comes through with an offer, I like Pitt’s chances to land this talented athlete.

New Castle's Marcus Hooker at Heinz Field for Pitt-Penn State (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

New Castle’s Marcus Hooker at Heinz Field for Pitt-Penn State (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

So, as things stand today, I think Pitt gets a total of six commitments from WPIAL players.


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