As many fans are aware, Pitt football’s class of 2018 has no four- or five-star rated recruits on any of the major recruiting sites.
This comes just a year after the Panthers secured four 247 composite 4-star commitments in Paris Ford (the 52nd ranked recruit in the nation), Todd Sibley, Charles Reeves and A.J. Davis.
This year, in total, their class ranks 54th nationally on 247 Sports, behind programs like Rutgers, Colorado, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Illinois and 50th on Rivals, which puts them just behind Rutgers, South Florida and North Carolina. Among ACC teams, the Panthers are by ranked 11th out of 14 teams by 247 and 9th on Rivals out of 15 teams (Rivals includes Notre Dame in its ACC results. Pitt would be 8th if ND was removed.)
Of course, there are caveats to these rankings.
Both 247 and Rivals award bonus points for four- and five-star recruits. Furthermore, the rankings don’t account for class size. And with only 17 recruits, the Panthers have the 5th smallest in the ACC.
The rankings are also very subjective. Pitt has 10 players rated as a 5.7 on Rivals, just a tenth of a point away from being 4-star players.
Do teams need four- and five-star recruits to win National Championships? Well, actually, research says yes they do. But not all teams with a high ratio of blue chip recruits win championships.
Pitt simply isn’t at that level yet. However, that’s not to say that Pitt can’t compete for and win ACC Championships. In the ACC Coastal, only Miami has a significant advantage when it comes to recruiting. For all intents and purposes, there isn’t much difference between Pitt and the rest of the division in terms of average recruiting ratings on 247 and Rivals.
All of that being said, how would you rate Pitt’s 2018 recruiting class?