Pitt’s Class of 2021 includes four players from Virginia and they’re hoping to add one more huge addition in the near future.
Chris Beatty has done a remarkable job in Virginia with getting Pitt commitments from RB Rodney Hammond, DE Trevion Stevenson, WR Myles Alston and RB Malik Newton and now is a factor in the recruitment of Naquan Brown.
Brown is a four-star DE/LB from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, where he’s teammates with Alston. Tuesday, Brown reduced his long list of 30+ offer down to six, which included Pitt. Brown (6-foot-3, 200) released a video that listed Pitt, LSU, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech as his finalists.
FINAL 6… pic.twitter.com/z5S8hDAeXO
— Naquan Brown™ (@quanbrown_4) June 9, 2020
Making this list speaks to the job that Beatty and Pitt have done recruiting Brown, but it will likely be very difficult for them to surpass LSU or the hometown school, Virginia Tech.
In an interview with Adam Friedman from Rivals.com, Brown cited Pitt’s Class of 2021, Chris Beatty and Myles Alston being there as things that he likes about Pitt. Brown also mentioned to Friedman the possibility of committing sometime in July.
While Pitt currently has an impressive recruiting class which is ranked in the low 20’s by both major recruiting services, potentially adding someone like Brown would be their biggest get yet and would move them even higher in the team recruiting rankings.
The strength of Pitt’s 2020 is the defensive line, here’s something to think about for the future. If Pitt were to somehow land Brown, their Class of 2021 would include elite defensive line talent such as Brown, Stevenson, four-star DE Nahki Johnson and possibly four-star DT Elliot Donald.
Pitt will likely be losing four defensive linemen to the NFL after the 2020 season, but with a group like that waiting in the wings, 2021 might be more reload than rebuild.