Three-star defensive end Brandon Mack, who had committed to Pitt back in June, but did not sign with the Panthers on the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday, has de-committed from the school.
Mack, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Montgomery, Alabama, is rated as a consent three-star prospect, the No. 42 defensive end in the country and the No. 22 player from Alabama by 247 Sports.
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— MACKAVELI✨ (@_Mack7) December 20, 2018
Mack had told the Pitt coaches that he was not going to sign in the early singing period and that he wanted to take the rest of his official visits in January.
He’s also being pursued heavily by Ole Miss and also had scholarship offers to Florida Atlantic, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Samford, Toledo, Troy, Tulane, UAB and Western Kentucky, though it’s not clear how many of those are still valid with most schools signing players on Wednesday.
Pitt signed four other defensive ends in its class: Bam Brima from Williamsport, Pa., Brycen Nelms from West Orange, N.J., Deandre Jules from Germantown, Md., and Nate Temple from Abbeville, S.C. All four of those players are consensus three-star prospects, as well, though Mack was the highest-rated of the bunch.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said on Wednesday that Temple was originally told that Pitt didn’t have room for him in the class, but then later on in the process, Pitt told him that they would be able to take him. It’s likely that Temple has already replaced Mack in Pitt’s recruiting class. Pitt only has two defensive ends graduating in Dewayne Hendrix and James Folston, and it’s unlikely that they’d want five in one recruiting class.
Mack de-committing bumped Pitt to No. 50 in 247 Sports’ overall class rankings. The other Pitt commit that didn’t sign on Wednesday was Morgantown, W.Va. OL Nick Malone. Pitt told Malone not to sign early. He still hopes to end up with the Panthers.