PITTSBURGH — Pitt added 16 players from nine different positions on Wednesday during the first day of the 2020 signing period and one player on Thursday.
One position that Pitt failed to get a signee from was the quarterback position. Pat Narduzzi said he hasn’t found “the right guy” at this point in the recruiting process.
“We were really, really particular (recruiting QBs in this class),” Narduzzi said. “We said, if we are going to take one, we are going to take a great one.”
Pitt and Virginia Tech were the only two schools in the ACC Coastal Division who haven’t received a quarterback signee to this point.
“I don’t think the quarterback position this year was all that strong,” Narduzzi said. “Obviously, we’d like to take a quarterback in every class. It’s such a special position. (But) you don’t want to just take one and find out that he can’t play like you want him too.”
Pitt will have one more season with Junior Kenny Pickett in the starting role. Next in line would be redshirt freshman Nick Patti (who in three appearances completed 26-of-43 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns this season).
“We feel really good with our young quarterbacks,” Narduzzi said. “We aren’t desperate for one.”
The other two quarterbacks on Pitt’s roster for next year are freshmen Davis Beville and Eli Kosanovich.
But Narduzzi hinted something else regarding adding a quarterback to his roster on Wednesday. Just because they haven’t added a quarterback from this class, doesn’t mean they aren’t keeping an eye out for the possibility of adding a transfer to their roster in the near future.
“Certainly, with the way those guys (quarterbacks) transfer, that plays a part (in holding back at this point),” Narduzzi said.
Look at three of the four Heisman finalists from this college football season: Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, and Justin Fields all are quarterbacks that are currently with their second school.
There’s still sort of a black cloud over the Pitt football program regarding quarterback play, but the way Narduzzi talked on Wednesday, it’s pretty clear that they are indeed on the hunt for ‘that guy.’