Quarterback Kenny Pickett will lead the Pitt offense for the final time this coming season and then Pat Narduzzi and Mark Whipple will need to identify the quarterback they want leading their offense into the future.
Candidates that are already on scholarship include Joey Yellen, Davis Beville and Nick Patti and since they didn’t bring in a quarterback for their Class of 2020, Pitt will no doubt add one over the next calendar year.
It’s been interesting to follow the high school players that Pitt has extended offers to over the last few weeks in particular at the quarterback position. Not only have they targeted a couple of players in the upcoming Class of 2021 but the staff has been aggressive in eyeing a couple sophomores as well as a freshman.
As we told you Saturday night, Pat Narduzzi himself offered freshman quarterback Austen Frattura from Sparta, New Jersey, which was his first D-I offer.
— mike vukovcan (@mvukovcan) February 23, 2020
Frattura had a pretty impressive 2019 season, completing 126 of 188 passes (67%) for 2,463 yards, 28 touchdowns, only 5 interceptions and was named 1st team all-conference. It’s rare for a Power Five team to offer a freshman player and even more unusual for them to offer a freshman quarterback so that speaks to the talent level of Frattura and what the Pitt coaching staff must think of him.
As mentioned earlier, the Panthers staff has made a few offers to quarterbacks over the last few weeks. Here’s a recap of junior, sophomore and now freshman quarterbacks that have received offers from Pitt.
CLASS OF 2021:
*Caleb Williams (6’1″, 200): 5-star player from Washington DC. Rated #1 junior quarterback in the country.
*Emmett Morehead (6’6″, 220): 3-star player from Alexandria, Virginia: Holds Power 5 offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kentucky.
Junior Season Tape 🤝https://t.co/tbgPRpVeQr
— Emmett Morehead (@EmmettMorehead) November 15, 2019
*Hamp Fry (6’5″, 215): 3-star player from Fort Worth, Texas. Holds Power offers from Pitt, Michigan State, Illinois, Colorado and Houston.
Junior season ended too early. All three non-dist opponents playing for TAPPS state titles. Good luck to them! https://t.co/jUBIicxJW9
— Hamp Fay (@HampFay12) December 2, 2019
*Colten Gauthier (6’3″, 205): 4-star player from Dacula, Georgia: Holds 25+ offers including ones from Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
— Colten Gauthier (@ColtenGauthier) December 3, 2019
*Christian Veilleux (6’4″, 195): 4-star player from Potomac, Maryland. Holds 20+ offers including ones from Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
— Christian Vei11eux (@VeilleuxQB11) November 14, 2019
OUTLOOK: The three players on that list to keep an eye on are Fry, Gauthier and Morehead, both of whom tell PSN that they’ll be making spring visits to Pitt. Despite visiting them last spring, Veilleux told me earlier last week that Pitt wasn’t a school that he’d be pursuing.
CLASS OF 2022: Pitt has offered 4 sophomore quarterbacks already and it’s interesting that 3 of those came in the last two weeks.
*Drew Allar (6’5″, 210) from Medina, Ohio. Pitt was the first Power Five program to offer him last week. He’s receiving a ton of interest though and it’s only a matter of time before a bunch more offers start coming in. Allar has a big-time arm with a ton of talent.
— Drew Allar (@AllarDrew) November 14, 2019
*Bryce Archie (6’2″, 175) from Power Springs, Georgia. Like with Allar, Pitt was the first program to offer Archie and is his only Power Five offer to this point.
— NDMoment Photography (@NDMomentPhotos) January 24, 2020
*Henry Belin IV (6’3″, 210) from Bronx, New York. Belin also holds an offer from Syracuse and got his offer from Tim Salem last week.
Check out Henry Belin Sophomore Yearhttps://t.co/4QqTODr35q
— Henry Belin IV (@HenryBelin) November 30, 2019
*Peter Delaportas (6’3″, 195) from Sparta, New Jersey. Delaportas also holds early offers from Boston College, Kentucky, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
— Peter Delaportas (@peterdel8) November 20, 2019
CLASS OF 2023:
*Austin Frattura (6’1″ 170) from Sparta, New Jersey. This was Frattura’s first D-I offer.