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Die-Hards: Will Hammond Be the Start of the Pitt-Virginia Pipeline?



The Pitt football recruiting map has changed somewhat over the last few years as they attempt to make a mark in a couple of news states.

While Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania remain three traditional states for the Panthers to recruit, Georgia and Virginia are two areas that Pitt is making a real effort to land talent from.

The work by Archie Collins and others in Georgia started to pay off this recruiting class as they’ve landed three players in their Class of 2020: Jaylon Barden, Tee Denson and Hunter Sellers.

Virginia became a new priority last offseason when Narduzzi hired wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, who has a long track record of successfully recruiting that state. Over the last year, Beatty started to plant recruiting seeds by extending offers to a number of young players and started to work on developing relationships with these players.

This work got big results yesterday when the Panthers received a commitment from 2021 4-star running back Rodney Hammond from Norfolk, Virginia. Hammond choose Pitt over other offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Penn State, North Carolina, Nebraska, Michigan, Maryland, TCU and Duke.

The question now is will Hammond be the first of many recruits that Pitt gets from Virginia, a state they’ve only received three commitments (Wendell Davis, Chase Pine and Patrick Jones) from over the last seven recruiting classes.

No one has a definite answer to that question but what is for sure is that Pitt is laying the seeds in order to get more top talent from that state.

Here’s a look at some of the 2021 and 2022 recruits that Pitt is recruiting from Virginia.

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