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Current State of Pitt Football Recruiting

Current State of Pitt Football Recruiting

Pitt received some bad news today as Massachusetts tight end Jay Symonds dropped his season long pledge to Pitt and instead announced he’d be committing to Stanford.

How big of a blow is this?

Honestly, it’s more of an image blow and an issue for fans than the severity of the loss. Symonds is a nice player but Pitt has good depth at the tight end position.

The bigger weekend loss was Virginia’s Cole Beck who selected hometown Virginia Tech.  By the look of Pitt’s current underachieving backfield, Shawn Watson could have used Beck.

Pat Narduzzi currently has 13 verbal commitments, where do they go from here?

The biggest and most important player on Pitt’s recruiting board all year has been and continues to be Kwantel Raines.

Tonight, PSN has some new information on the 4-star safety.

PSN has learned that Raines, who will make his decision on October 30, will make two more visits before deciding. Raines will visit Penn State on October 21 and will make a final visit to West Virginia on October 28.

Is this bad news for Pitt? I don’t believe so. Raines has visited Pitt more than any school and knows everything he needs to know about Narduzzi’s program.

Rumors have surfaced that West Virginia is the odds on favorite for Raines but I was told tonight that isn’t true and that he hasn’t made a final decision.

With the loss of Beck and Symonds, who are Pitt’s top remaining targets?

TJ Banks (East Allegheny HS): For a long time, many expected this 4-Star talent to eventually sign with Pitt. However, after Pitt got commitments from two tight ends, the recruitment of Banks ended.

Will the de-commitment of Symonds bring Banks back into the picture? As of tonight, I’m told that Pitt hasn’t been in contact with Banks. I also believe the ship with him might’ve sailed and don’t know if Banks has any interest in the Panthers anymore.

Some names to consider and that we’ll be following are: Tyler Bentley, Cadarius Gaskin, Parker Devine, Emeka Nwanze and Uchenna Ezewike.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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