Who is in the mood for a celebratory Frosty?
Pitt had what may go down as one of its best recruiting days in recent memory on Saturday, as head coach Pat Narduzzi and company locked down six more recruits in the Class of 2020, one week after securing five on Pitt’s first weekend of June official visits.
And it wasn’t just the quantity that stood out, but the quality. Of the six recruits that committed to Pitt on Saturday, three are rated as four-star players by at least one recruiting service.
Let’s recap the highlights.
The first player to announce his commitment was four-star Frederick, Maryland (Tuscarora High School) athlete Jordan Addison.
A 5-foot-11, 160-pound athlete that Pitt will probably use at wide receiver, Addison had offers from Maryland, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. He’s the second receiver in Pitt’s class and could be in all-purpose threat in the mold of a Maurice Ffrench or V’Lique Carter.
Next up, Staten Island, New York (Tottenville High School) outside linebacker A.J. Roberts committed. A consensus three-star prospect and the No. 11 player in the state of New York, Roberts picked Pitt over Boston College, Duke, LSU, Syracuse, Purdue and Rutgers.
He seems to be a perfect fit for the Money outside linebacker position in Pitt’s defense and said the system run by Narduzzi and linebackers coach Rob Harley was a draw.
The third commit to announce his decision was the biggest, at least physically. Florida defensive tackle Timothy Brown is a three-star prospect with a five-star offer list that chose Pitt over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Nebraska, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
The Palm Beach, Florida native will be yet another feather in the cap for ace Florida recruiter Charlie Partridge, and Pitt’s strategy of bringing in a large groups of out-of-town players in June seems to have paid of for the second year in a row.
That trend continued with the next commit, four-star Deerfield Beach, Florida wide receiver Aydin Henningham. The 6-foot-1 wide out was another Partridge recruit and the fifth player in total from the Sunshine State to commit to Pitt.
Henningham had offers from Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, LSU, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Another Florida player and another four-star commit came by way of St. Thomas Aquinas safety Jahvante Royal. The consensus No. 23 player from Florida and the No. 293 player in the country, Royal is not only the highest-rated player in this year’s Pitt class, he’s rated higher than any of Pitt’s 2019 recruits.
Royal picked Pitt over Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, NC State, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia.
Finally, the last of the day’s recruits as the one that made the shortest commute to Pitt’s facility this weekend. Westinghouse defensive lineman Dayon Hayes announced his commitment shortly before 10 p.m.
The No. 3 player in the state was the source of many of Pat Narduzzi’s cryptic Wendy’s-related tweets, as Hayes works at the fast-food restaurant after school. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound lineman has the frame to bulk up and play tackle or use his long wingspan to terrorize tackles at defensive end.
He also had offers to Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
With Hayes in the fold, perhaps Narduzzi can find a new fast-food social media obsession.
But more importantly, Pitt fans will no longer be asking, “Where’s the beef?”