After receiving Mother’s Day commitments from Georgia linebacker Preston Lavant and Michigan offensive linemen Terrence Enos and Brandon Honorable, Pitt’s class has risen up the recruiting class rankings.
The additions of the three players moved the Panthers up from No. 26 to No. 22 in the country, according to 247 Sports. Pitt will remain ranked fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind North Carolina, Clemson, Miami and Virginia.
The No. 22 ranking, if held, would represent the best finish for Pitt under Pat Narduzzi, whose previous best class was ranked No. 30 in 2016. Pitt’s 2020 class finished ranked No. 44. The last time Pitt was ranked as high as No. 22 was in 2008, when five-star Aliquippa wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin helped lifted Dave Wannstedt’s class to No. 2o.
In addition to moving up the rankings when compared to previous classes under Narduzzi, Pitt has also moved up its timetable. The three commits on Sunday gave Pitt 12 in the Class of 2021.
Pitt did not have its 12th commit until June 22 in the 2020 class. In the 2019 cycle, the 12th commit did not come until July 27. In the Class of 2018, the 12th player to commit made his decision on Aug. 24.
The early haul of commits should let Narduzzi and company focus intently on their remaining targets. Pittsburgh Sports Now is anticipating an 18-20 player class for the Panthers.