Pat Narduzzi currently has received three verbal commitments for his Class of 2020.
The question on Pitt fans minds is how many will the Panthers have by the end of this weekend?
Tomorrow begins the first of back-back official weekends for Pitt. Currently, Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed 19 players making visits this weekend. That’s a number that will likely rise as more names leak out over the next few days.
Due to the unprecedented number of commitments last year, many people are expecting the same thing to happen this year but for a couple reasons, that might be difficult to replicate.
Over a one-week period last year, ten players made verbal commitments to Pitt. Eight of those commitments came from players that were on their official visit.
Pitt Commitments From June 16-23:
DT Calijah Kancey
DE Bryce Nelms
DE Deandre Jules
QB Davis Beville
DB Brandon Hill
LB Brandon George
RB Vincent Davis
DE Bam Brima
LB Kyi Wright
TE Jason Collier
While some aspects of the two official visit weekends look the same, their are some big differences that could cause fewer commitments.
Unlike last year, Narduzzi has so many players looking to make visits, he split them up into two separate weekends. While the volume of recruits for the weekend of June 21-23 has not yet been confirmed, there will at least be a couple of four-star recruits and a player that is likely to give Pitt a commitment.
Something else that will be a factor is that the majority of the players coming this weekend come from two positions: cornerback (6) and linebacker (4).
Cornerbacks: Davonte Brown, Tee Denson, Carrington Valentine, Hunter Sellers, Sammy Anderson and Enzo Jennings.
Linebackers: Devin Hightower, Bangally Kamara, Khatavian Franks and Solomon Deshields.
With only so many scholarships slotted for certain positions, it’s not realistic for Pitt to take that many players at those two positions. Thus it could come down to the first couple players that give a commitment to Narduzzi.
One other big difference is that while a majority of the visitors last year cane from Florida, Pitt has spread things out more this year.
2019 June Official Visit State-by-State Breakdown:
New York: 1
New Jersey: 1
Players will arrive in Oakland tomorrow. The question now is how many “Pat Signals” will we see?