For the next three weekends, Pitt will be hosting numerous recruits on their official visits.
The only question that Pitt fans want to know is will we get a “Pat Signal”?
I’m not going to predict if that will happen this weekend but I do believe that at least one of the uncommitted players coming to visit will eventually select Pitt.
Pat Narduzzi currently has 13 verbal commitments and is likely but not guaranteed to eventually take six or seven more players in this class.
Who could those players be?
This is difficult to predict because of not knowing exactly how many scholarships Pitt actually have to offer and also which players may not return to the team in 2018.
We’re going to give a shot at zeroing in on 10 players that could eventually fill out Pat Narduzzi’s Class of 2018.
Kevon Abrams, RB, Butler County CC: The speedy, versatile back will be visiting Pitt next weekend. Abrams got a visit from Pat Narduzzi on Wednesday and appears to be the only running back Pitt is seriously recruiting at the moment. I believe the recruiting of a running back in this class is a sign that someone currently on the roster won’t be returning.
Tyler Bentley, DT, West Chester (Ohio): This disruptive defensive lineman who will be visiting Pitt this weekend. He’s a very talented player that would just add to the talent that Pitt is accumulating on the defensive line. Bentley is currently committed to Kentucky but I like Pitt’s chances of flipping him.
Jatavious Harris, WR, Milledgeville (Georgia): Pitt has an interesting situation going on at wide receiver as they’re currently involved with a handful of talented players. This is very encouraging because receiver is a spot that Pitt needs to upgrade the talent. Harris currently has Pitt as one of his three finalists and he’ll make an official visit next weekend. Harris would be a big get for Pitt and it would be good for them to have their recruiting efforts in Georgia pay off with a talent like Harris.
Jeshaun Jones, WR, Fort Myers (Florida) and Shocky Jacques Louis, WR, Fort Myers (Florida): Both these players are big-time talents as reflected by the list of offers they currently hold. I haven’t confirmed this and not sure how they’d make it fit scholarship wise but the fact that they’re so active in recruiting these three receivers tells me that Pitt might be looking to take two of these players. In the last week, Pat Narduzzi has personally visited all three of these players which is a sign that they’re a priority. Jones and Jacques-Louis will be visiting this weekend.
Jahmir Johnson, OT, Arizona Western CC: Johnson got a visit on Monday from John Peterson, who offered him a scholarship. PSN talked with Johnson who will decide this weekend if he’ll make an official visit to Pitt. Johnson seemed to have really enjoy his day with Peterson and a visit could be possible. However, Johnson picked up an offer yesterday from Texas. Will that impact his thoughts on Pitt?
Will Honas, LB, Butler C.C. (Kansas): Honas was another player that received a visit from Narduzzi. Pitt is looking for a middle linebacker and the chance to play could be a draw for Honas. At last check, he hasn’t decided on whether he’ll make an official visit. If Pitt isn’t successful in landing Honas, they might be done with middle linebacker until next year.
Uchenna Ezewike, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Florida): Ezewike is player Pitt coaches have kept in contact with for much of the year. He’s not a highly recruited player but someone that could be a perfect rush end in Narduzzi’s defense.
Jairus Brents, Rashad Ajayi and Jayson Dennis: Brents is a 4-star cornerback from Kentucky that Pitt is trying to get to make an official visit. This will be a tough get. Last night, Chris Peak of Panther-lair reported that Pitt visited Ajayi and offered him a scholarship. Ajayi was committed to Georgia Southern until last night. That they offered him is sign they’d like to add one more defensive back.
As mentioned earlier, this is our guess at who Pitt is targeting but as often is the case in recruiting, things can change quickly.