After signing a few talented guards for his Class of 2018, Jeff Capel’s recruiting mission for the upcoming class is to add a few skilled big men.
The roster is in need of players with size that can impact the game not only offensively but also on the defensive end.
Capel hasn’t received any commitments yet, but the good news is that Pitt is a finalist for a few elite prospects.
In the last week, four highly rated big men have named Pitt as a finalist in their recruitment.
2019 5-star center Kofi Cockburn (6-10, 255) from Oak Hill Academy named a final eight of Pitt, UConn, Florida State, Illinois, Kansas, LSU, St. John’s and Syracuse.
Realistically, Pitt isn’t likely a leader for him but the good news for Pitt is that this elite talent has seen enough from Pitt to still be considering them.
Yesterday, we reported that 4-star power forward Akok Akok released a final five of Pitt, Providence, Georgetown, UConn and Syracuse. Akok will make his official visit to Pitt on October 23.
4-star forward Anthony Walker (6-8, 200) from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire has already made his official visit to Pitt and is someone that PSN believes could eventually commit to Pitt. Walker still has official visits planned to Miami and VCU. Walker is rated as a Top 100 recruit and one of the Top 20 forwards in the country.
The latest player to name Capel’s team as a finalist is 4-star forward Qudus Wahab.
Wahab (6-10, 230) is a 4-star center from Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. Rivals rates him as a Top 100 recruit and one of the Top 20 centers in the country.
Yesterday, Wahab released a final five of Pitt, UConn, Georgetown, Syracuse and Virginia Tech. He also held offers from Clemson, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Rhode Island, St. John’s, Temple and VCU.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Wahab last night and asked him what he saw from Pitt that allowed them to make his final five.
“I’m impressed with the new staff at Pitt,” said Wahab. “I know that Coach Capel is building something great. They made my list of finalists because I believe that Coach Capel’s system would be a good fit for my game. Coach Capel impressed me during my unofficial visit there and was able to convince me to come visit again.”
Wahab tells me that he plans on making his final decision before or during his high school season. Also, at this point, he doesn’t have any dates scheduled for his official visits.