Rivals has updated its final Class of 2020 recruiting rankings and the changes were kind to Pitt.
Pitt’s class will finish ranked No. 16 overall by Rivals, a huge jump after finishing 40th in 2019. Jeff Capel’s first class in 2018 was not ranked by Rivals, which started ranking team recruiting classes in 2018.
Pitt forward John Hugley tied for the largest rise of any player in the top 100, moving up 24 spots to No. 77. In the process, Hugley passed fellow Pitt commit and four-star forward William Jeffress, who dropped four spots to No. 79. Pitt’s other entrant in the Top 150 is three-star guard Femi Odukale, who stayed static at No. 145.
The other two commits in Pitt’s class, three-star New Jersey forward Noah Collier and three-star Irish forward Max Amadasun, are not among Rivals’ list of nationally ranked players.
Rivals isn’t the only scouting service high on Pitt’s 2021 Class. According to 247 Sports Composite Rating, Pitt is ranked 26th in the country.
In that ranking system, which predates Rivals’ team rankings, Pitt’s last finish inside the top 25 was when the three-player class of Steven Adams, Chris Jones and James Robinson was ranked No. 25 in 2012.