The Pitt Panther football program is on course for their best year of recruiting during the Pat Narduzzi era.
With 13 current commitments, Pitt’s Class of 2021 is currently ranked No. 23 by both 247 Sports and Rivals. The fact that they only have one four-star recruit in this class and it’s still ranked in the low 20’s, tells you the quality of the three-star recruits the Panthers’ coaches have landed.
Whether a certain player is a three-star or four-star recruit can be argued and debated, which is why a players offer sheet is a more telling measurement because it’s how programs feel about him as opposed to evaluators for recruiting websites.
When examining the offer lists of Pitt’s 13 commitments, it shows that Narduzzi and his staff are winning plenty of recruiting battles over quality Power Five programs. PSN’s Harry Psaros sums things up pretty well with this recent tweet.
Pat Narduzzi & staff are the kings of landing 3-star recruits with 4-star offer sheets. It’s fascinating. I assume a few will flip to 4-stars by seasons end. Not that stars matter. On field performance is all that counts. #Pitt #H2P 🔵🟡
— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) May 27, 2020
Here’s a breakdown of some members of Pitt’s Class of 2021 and here are a few things stand out:
• Five of the 13 commitments held offers from Penn State, which currently has the No. 17 ranked recruiting class.
• Six of the 13 commitments held offers from West Virginia, an increasingly competitive recruiting battle.
• Seven of the 13 commitments held offers from Maryland, which currently has the No. 18 ranked recruiting class.
• Five of the 13 commitments held offers from Virginia Tech, one of Pitt’s primary Coastal Division rivals.
POWER FIVE OFFERS SHEETS FROM MEMBERS OF PITT’S CLASS OF 2021:
3-star RB Malik Newton: Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia
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— Malik Newton (@maliknewton2002) October 27, 2019
3-star LB Preston Lavant: Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska and West Virginia
3-star OT Brandon Honorable: Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse and Tennessee.
3-star OT Terrence Enos: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Missouri, Ole Miss, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
3-star WR Myles Alston: Maryland, Ole Miss, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
— MYLES ALSTON (@Myles1Alston) April 27, 2020
3-Star OT Terrence Rankl: Arizona State, Duke, Iowa State, Kentucky, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
3-Star DE Trevion Stevenson: California, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, UCLA and West Virginia.
— Trevion Stevenson (@tjstevenson11) April 19, 2020
3-Star S Javon McIntyre: Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
3-Star RB Rodney Hammond: Duke, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, TCU, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Check out my highlight – https://t.co/e6M4lsxghq
— Rodney L. Hammond (@RodneyLHammond1) December 20, 2019
4-Star DE Nahki Johnson: Iowa State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.