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Linebacker is a key position in Pat Narduzzi’s defense and fortunately for Pitt, they’ve recruited that position well over the last couple of seasons.
Getting commitments from players like Elias Reynolds, Chase Pine, Albert Tucker, Cam Bright and Kyle Nunn gives Josh Conklin and Rob Harley plenty of playmakers.
This year, Pitt has gotten a verbal commitment from Wendell Davis from Richmond, Virginia who’s expected to play inside.
The Panthers are still recruiting that position and would like to get one or two more commitments.
In the last couple of weeks, Pitt has missed out on a number of linebacker recruits.
Some players that Pitt offered have already made verbal commitments like: DeAndre Square (Kentucky), Jeslord Boateng (Michigan State), Nihym Anderson (Maryland), Chance Campbell (Maryland), Jesse Luketa (Penn State), Vinny DePalma (Boston College), Nick DeNucci (Boston College).
Who’s left that Pitt is recruiting?
Brian Asamoah (Columbus, Ohio): Without a question Pitt’s top target and probably their top one from the start. Asamoah is in high demand so it won’t be easy but Pitt continues to recruit him very hard.
Marcus Hooker (New Castle): Local kid that plays safety in high school but Pitt projects to play linebacker in high school.
Kenny Bastida (Florida): Bastida originally listed Pitt in his top two but since then has opened up his recruitment. Until he visits Pitt, I wouldn’t think he’d be a candidate for Pitt.
Caleb Deveaux (North Carolina): This legacy player has held a Pitt offer for a couple of seasons. I’m sure the Pitt coaches would like to get a visit out of him this summer.
Kwantel Raines (Aliquippa): I put Raines on this list because I’m not sure what position Raines will eventually play in college. Considering his current size, he sure looks like a great outside linebacker in the future.