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PSN Poll: How Would You Grade Pitt Football’s Class of 2020?

PSN Poll: How Would You Grade Pitt Football’s Class of 2020?

Pat Narduzzi and his staff have put a wrap on their Class of 2020 and are now all in working on Pitt’s Class of 2021.

On paper, this was Narduzzi’s best class in terms of landing highly ranked players both from high school and with transfers. In all, Pitt added 10 players that held a 4-star ranking from either Rivals, 247 Sports, 247 Composite or ESPN: Jordan Addison, Dayon Hayes, Branson Taylor, Jaylon Braden, Israel Abanikanda, Bangally Kamara, Jahvante Royal, Rashad Battle, Joey Yellen and Lucas Krull.

When 10 of the 19 players that you add are given a 4-star ranking, that’s pretty good, right?

What’s your opinion?

Did Narduzzi break through with this year’s haul, or are you still wanting more?

How would you rank Pitt’s Class of 2020?

PSN Poll: How Would You Grade Pitt's Class of 2020?

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Tyler Purkey
Tyler Purkey

Based on 24/7 Recruiting Rankings
2016: 30th National (4th ACC), 0.8563 Average Rating
2017: 37th (7th), 0.8494
2018: 47th (9th), 0.8584
2019: 59th (12th), 0.8512
2020: 44th (8th), 0.8607

Regardless of where we fall on the national/conference rankings, the average player rating I think tells you more. This class has a ton of quality and is our highest rated recruiting class since 2010 based on player ratings. And 2021 looks even more encouraging so far. We need Duzz to stick around for consistency but more importantly, he’s brought on some really high-class recruiters as assistants.

Joseph Steigerwald

Looking on an individual level really drives it home. If they had a few more recruits it would be close to top 25.

Laura Martier
Laura Martier

Still bottom half of the league. Unless Pitt is recruiting top 25 nationally it’s hard to get to excited. From a class standpoint they did add talent not saying three stars don’t develop but from a national prospective I think it’s an a average class in comparison to a below average class last year. Still need lots of improvement and a occasional 5 star would be nice to see.

Tyler Purkey
Tyler Purkey

Two things to factor in: (1) 24/7 bases class rank largely around 20 commits. You get penalized for having less. (2) WPIAL has been down for a few years now For example, Louisville (25 commits) and NCST (21 commits) both have higher-ranked classes by 24/7. Yet both teams have a lower average player rating than Pitt’s class and UL has no 4-stars while Pitt has 2-5 depending on which recruiting service you look at. I think Pitt is actually in a perfect place bringing in high 3-stars and low 4s. Narduzzi much prefers to develop guys and start players at… Read more »

Laura Martier
Laura Martier

WPIAL football has been declining for a decade and it’s only getting worse. The talent level top to bottom has dropped to the point bigger high schools are even down to 50/60 total players freshman to senior. My sons played at Shaler from 2004/2010 combined. They were far from a power but had solid playoff teams plus D1 guys that went to Pitt, PSU, Albany, Princeton, Illinois State and dozens of D2/3 guys. At that time they had a freshman team with a 100 kids every year on it with an additional 100 sophomores to seniors. Now in comparison they… Read more »

Tyler Purkey
Tyler Purkey

Yep. But I would rather have quality than quantity. I also think that a number of guys deciding to return rather than head to the NFL handcuffed Narduzzi (in a good way) from a scholarship standpoint this year.


I voted up every comment you made Tyler because I couldn’t agree more and think your comments are spot on. Pitt brought in some quality talent. This years class is very solid and if next years class keeps shaping up the way that it seems to be shaping up it should be a top 25 class.

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