Here’s a quick update on some items dealing with Pitt’s 2018 recruiting class.
**Rutgers grad transfer safety Kiy Hester announced today that he will be making an official visit to Pitt this coming weekend. The former 4-star recruit has serious interest in Pitt and at this point, I like Pitt’s chances of landing him. He’s an attractive player to potentially join Pitt’s secondary this season as a veteran presence and someone that can fill the hole left by Jordan Whitehead. With his background as a high-level recruit and his reputation as a student of the game and film room, he’d be a good veteran presence for redshirt safety Paris Ford.
**A couple of notes concerning Washington DC 4-star running back Mychale Salahuddin. PSN believes that Andre Powell was in DC today visiting with Salahuddin. He’s a player that Pitt would very much want to add to their recruiting class in February. In the last 24 hours, I’ve read from fans that Pitt’s chances of landing Salahuddin have improved because of Syracuse landing Oklahoma 4-star running back transfer Abdul Adams but I don’t agree with that logic for a couple of reasons. First, Adams has to sit out this coming season because he’s transferring so if Salahuddin picks Syracuse, he’d be in the running to play this year. Secondly, he is going to have competition regardless of what schools he selects, including Pitt. With all that being said, I think Pitt has as good a chance of any of the other three finalists to land him.
**What’s going on with all of these potential offensive tackle grad transfers that Pitt is talking with? In the last few weeks, Pitt has spoken with Marcus Applefield (Rutgers), Calvin Anderson (Rice) and Stefano Millin (Kent State). Millin visited last weekend and tonight we confirmed with Applefield that he’ll be visiting this coming weekend. Applefield tells PSN that he’ll be flying into Pittsburgh with his Rutgers teammate Kiy Hester.
This is a complicated situation because all of these players are talking with other teams. No matter what, Applefield will make another official visit next weekend. As far as Anderson, he’s talking with a number of major programs. Over the weekend, Anderson made an official visit to Texas and received a visit yesterday from Auburn. PSN has reached out to Anderson and is attempting to find out where his other official visits will be and if Pitt will be one of them. Honestly, this is a situation that’s very hard to predict but the key for Pitt is getting Anderson to make an official visit.
UPDATE- PSN has learned that Shawn Watson will make a visit tomorrow to talk with Anderson.
**Who is Pitt’s “silent commit”? Since the “Pat Signal” was issued everyone, including myself assumed it was from New Jersey defensive end Kaymar Mimes but I wonder if we’re overlooking someone. I have nothing to base this on but I’m starting to wonder if 4-star cornerback Jairus Brent gave Pitt a silent pledge. He is scheduled to make an official to Wisconsin this weekend so let’s see if that happens.