It’s been tough sledding for Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers when it comes to recruiting in the WPIAL for 2019.
Pitt signed 18 players in the early signing period back in December, but just one of them — Aliquippa wide receiver Will Gipson — came from the region.
Narduzzi and company spent most of the last month attempting to woo one more player from the state-champion Quips to Oakland, as the Panthers made four-star Aliquippa cornerback MJ Devonshire their top target coming out of the early signing period and into February’s national signing day.
Those efforts came to a head on Wednesday morning, when Devonshire made his decision at Aliquippa High School exclusively on Pittsburgh Sports Live.
Devonshire picked Kentucky over Pitt and West Virginia, meaning his high school teammate will be the only WPIAL alum to Don Pitt’s blue and gold for the first time this fall.
Narduzzi threw a wet blanket on the decision by tweeting that Pitt had wrapped up its signing class before Devonshire’s scheduled announcement.