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Live Coverage: Pitt Class of 2019 National Letter of Intent Early Signing Day

Live Coverage: Pitt Class of 2019 National Letter of Intent Early Signing Day

Welcome to PSN’s live coverage of Pitt’s Class of 2019 national letter of intent early signing day. If you’re looking for WPIAL, Robert Morris and Duquesne signing news, click here.

UPDATE, 2:02 P.M.

Here’s the full roster of 18 signees put out by Pitt, which is as good of a sign as any that the Panthers are likely done for the day.

It’s worth noting the official heights and weights, as you’ll sometimes see any number of different measurements thrown around during the recruiting process.

UPDATE, 1:45 P.M.

Check out the tape on the latest Panther, signee No. 18 of the day, Canadian offensive tackle Liam Dick:

UPDATE, 1:20 P.M.

Pitt gets a signing day commitment as the Panthers have landed giant Canadian offensive tackle Liam Dick. Dick is from Mississauga, Ontario, and is 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds. The consensus three-star prospect the No. 1 player in Ontario and the No. 127 tackle in the Class of 2019 accordion to 247 Sports.

OT Liam Dick Commits To Pitt

UPDATE, 1:10 P.M.

There were just a few people on hand to watch Davis Beville and his Greenville teammates sign their letters of intent. And check out the throwback hat! Pretty sure my uncle had one of those in 1993.

UPDATE, 1:03 P.M.

Here’s a couple of Jaguars that just became Panthers: A.J. Woods and DeAndre Jules from Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland singing their letters of intent.

UPDATE, 12:45 P.M.

Here’s New Jersey defensive end Bryce Nelms signing his letter of intent to play at Pitt.

UPDATE, 11:15 A.M.

Check out the film on latest signee Bam Brima:

UPDATE, 11:00 A.M.

Here’s new Pitt safety signee Brandon Hill signing with his Wekiva teammates.

UPDATE, 10:30 A.M.

Williamsport defensive end Bam Brima got his letter of intent in, after all. The Loyalsock Township High star is a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 76 defensive end in the country and the No. 21 player in Pennsylvania, according to 247 Sports. He makes 17 signees in Pitt’s Class of 2019.

UPDATE, 10:05 A.M.

Pitt’s signings have slowed from a flood to a trickle, so it’s a good time to catch up on what’s happened and re-set things for the rest of the day.

So far, Pitt has signed 16 players (see below). The Panthers entered the day with 19 commitments. Who is left?

• Three-star Alabama defensive end Brandon Mack is not expected to sign until the second signing period in February. He wants to take the rest of his official visits after committing to Pitt early in June. Ole Miss has been after him particularly hard and this is a recruit Pitt could struggle to hold onto over the next six weeks.

• There-star Williamsport, Pa. defensive end Bam Brima may or may not sign today. He’s still expected to end up with the Panthers, but there has been a hiccup getting his paperwork in order. The early signing period extends through Friday, so this may be a commitment that comes in later in the week or in February.

• Three-star Morgantown, W.Va. offensive lineman Nick Malone was told not to sign today by Pitt. He’s still hoping to end up with the Panthers, but is now in wait-and-see mode as Pitt counts scholarships between now and February to see if they have room for him.

• Three-star Mississauga, Ontario tackle Liam Dick is expected to announce his commitment this afternoon. He’s picking between Fresno State, Louisville, North Carolina, Pitt and Washington State, and the Panthers are considered to have the inside track.

So barring an unexpected development, things could quiet down here until Dick makes his announcement sometimes this afternoon.

UPDATE, 9:45 A.M.

Here’s some film on Pitt signees No. 13 – 16: South Carolina defensive end Nate Temple, Florida running back Vincent Davis, Maryland cornerback A.J. Woods and Miami defensive tackle Calijah Kancey.

UPDATE, 9:36 A.M.

Miami Northwestern defensive tackle Calijah Kancey has signed with the Panthers, joining linebacker Leslie Smith as the second player from that school to sign with the Panthers this season.

Kancey is a 6-foot-1, 264-pound consensus three-star prospect, the No. 55 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 107 player from Florida.

UPDATE, 9:27 A.M.

Here’s the scene from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where running back Vincent Davis (middle) will be the second Chiefs player on the Panthers, joining freshman corner Marquis Williams.

UPDATE, 9:07 A.M

Pitt’s Northwest connection strikes again. The Panthers have two commits from Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland, and they’ve both signed their letters of intent, with speedy corner A.J. Woods joining big defensive end DeAndre Jules.

Woods is a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 117 athlete in the country and the N0. 25 player in Maryland according to 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 9:03 A.M.

The second half of Pitt’s dynamic Florida running back duo has signed his letter of intent, as Cardinal Gibbons tailback Vincent Davis is officially a Panther.

If Daniel Carter is the thunder, Davis — a 5-foot-8, 165-pound speedster in a Tyreek Hill mold — is the lightning. He’s a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 53 back in the nation and No. 109 player out of Florida.

UPDATE, 8:57 A.M.

Pitt has signed its second player from South Carolina in defensive end Nate Temple. Temple is a consensus three-star end from Abbeville, S.C., the No. 85 defensive end in the country and No. 27 player in South Carolina.

UPDATE, 8:23 A.M.

Here’s the film for Pitt signees No. 9 through 12: New York offensive tackle Matt Goncalves, Maryland defensive end DeAndre Jules, Farrell athlete Kyi Wright and Florida running back Daniel Carter.

UPDATE, 8:14 A.M.

Here’s the scene from Long Island, as big tackle prospect Matt Goncalves was joined by his parents after officially signing with Pitt.

UPDATE, 8:10 A.M.

The highest-rated player in Pitt’s Class of 2019 is officially a Panther.

Florida running back Daniel Carter, a Rivals four-star prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, is rated as the No. 32 running back in the country and the No. 64 player from the Sunshine State.

UPDATE, 8:06 A.M.

The second Western Pennsylvania native has submitted his paperwork for the Panthers.

Farrell’s Kyi Wright, listed as an athlete by Pitt, checks in at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds. He’s a three-star prospect and the No. 28 player in the state according to 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 8:01 A.M.

Pitt’s first player from the DMV area is in the books, as Germantown, Maryland defensive DeAndre Jules has signed.

Jules is a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 59 defensive end in the country and the No. 16 player in Maryland, according to 247 Sports.

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UPDATE, 7:52 A.M.

Signee No. 9 for the Panthers is a load. At 6-foot-6 and 307 pounds, Long Island offensive tackle Matt Goncalves is the biggest player the Panthers are expected to sign today.

The Eastport-South Manor High School lineman is a consensus three-star prospect, the No. 93 tackle in the nation and No. 5 player from New York, according to 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 7:46 A.M.

Here’s the scene from West Deptford High School, where tight end Jason Collier has officially signed on the line to play with the Panthers.

UPDATE, 7:43 A.M.

Haven’t seen the film on Pitt’s signees yet? Here’s the highlights for linebacker Leslie Smith, wide receiver Jared Wayne, linebacker Brandon George, tight end Jason Collier, wide receiver Will Gipson, quarterback Davis Beville, defensive end Bryce Nelms and safety Brandon Hill:

UPDATE, 7:38 A.M.

It’s fitting that Brandon Hill is the eighth Pitt signee to send in his paperwork, because the hard-hitting safety projects to be an eighth man in the box for the Panthers.

Hill is 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, and is a consensus three-star prospect from Wekiva High School near Orlando. He’s rated as the No. 53 safety and No. 80 player from Florida by 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 7:34 A.M.

I hope Pitt has stocked up on toner, as their signees continue to pour in early this morning.

New Jersey defensive end Bryce Nelms is the seventh player to officially sign with the Panthers.

Nelms, a consensus three-star prospect from West Orange, New Jersey, is 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, the No. 63 defensive end in the country and the No. 16 player out of New Jersey.

UPDATE, 7:30 A.M.

The quarterback of the class is in. Rivals four-star and consensus three-star quarterback Davis Beville from Greenville, South Carolina has signed with the Panthers.

Beville is 6-foot-6, 200 pounds and is rated as the No. 23 quarterback in the country and No. 7 player in South Carolina by 247 Sports.

UPDAATE, 7:26 A.M.

The first Pitt commit whose fax came from the 412 area code has arrived at the Panthers’ headquarters. Aliquippa wide receiver Will Gipson has signed his name on the line.

Gipson, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound receiver is rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 92 athlete in the country and the No. 24 player in Pennsylvania by 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 7:22 A.M.

Jason Collier is the fourth signee to send his paperwork to the Panthers. The big athlete from West Deptford, New Jersey is a 6-foot-7, 250 pound monster tight end that also has the frame to slide to tackle down the road ala Brian O’Neil if that’s what Pitt sees as a need.

He’s rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 52 tight end in the country and the No. 26 player out New Jersey by 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 7:18 A.M.

They’re coming in quickly now. I’ll do my best to keep up. Signee No. 3 for Pitt is Berks Catholic (Reading, Pa.) linebacker Brandon George.

George is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and a three-star recruit, the No. 16 OLB in the country and the No. 5 player in Pennsylvania according to 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 7:14 A.M.

Signee number two for the Panthers is Canadian wide receiver Jared Wayne. Wayne plays for Clearwater Academy International in Clearwater, Florida, the same school that Pitt plucked defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado from a year ago.

Wayne is 6-foot-2 1/2, 185 pounds and is a consensus three-star prospect. He’s rated as the No. 222 wide receiver in the class and the No. 229 player out of Florida by 247 Sports.

UPDATE, 7:08 A.M.

The first player to commit to Pitt’s Class of 2019 is the first player to sign on signing day. Miami Northwestern inside linebacker Leslie Smith won the race to the fax machine this morning.

Smith, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound Miami native is rated as a consensus three-star recruit, the No. 66 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 196 player out of Florida by 247 Sports.

Good morning, Pitt fans. Today is the first day that members of the recruiting Class of 2019 can sign with their collegiate teams, and we’re expecting most of the players that have already committed to Pitt to sign today.

We’ll provide live updates as the fax machines (yes, they still use fax machines) start rolling at around 7 a.m., all the way until Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi meets with the press around 3:30 p.m. to discuss his haul of players for the first time.

There are a few players that aren’t expected to sign today. Alabama defensive end Brandon Mack is the one Pitt commit that has said he will definitely wait until the later signing period in February.

Morgantown, West Virginia offensive lineman Nick Malone has been told not to sign today by Pitt. He will now have to wait to see if he ends up with a spot in the class.

Finally, there may be a hold-up with Williamsport, Pa. defensive end Bam Brima. He hasn’t confirmed that he will be signing with the Panthers today, but still intends to sign with Pitt either way. It seems as if any delay on his part will be due to some technicalities with getting his paperwork done.

The Panthers could also add to their commitment list. Canadian offensive tackle Liam Dick is expected to announce his commitment sometime today. The Panthers have also been recruiting Aliquippa cornerback M.J. Devonshire hard, but he is expected to wait until February to sign. Norwin safety Jayvon Thrift is also someone to keep an eye on. He holds a Pitt offer and recently de-committed from Youngstown State. He said he still plans on signing today, but hasn’t said where.

Pitt is expected to have two local players sign: Farrell linebacker Kyi Wright and Aliquippa wide receiver Will Gipson. Gipson is expected to sign at 1:30 p.m. Wright has said he’s signing at 3:15 p.m.

Ok, the coffee is on, now it’s time to wait for the first batch of singings.

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