When looking at the job the Pitt football staff has done recruiting this year, even the most negative Panther fan would have a hard time finding many negatives.
Pat Narduzzi, has compiled a Top 25 class and have had to win many recruiting battles in order to land some of their top recruits. That recruiting ranking has the chance to increase depending on who they’re able to land with their final scholarships along with the high chance to a few of their current commitments get elevated to 4-star status.
The good news is that Narduzzi has surrounded himself with a very talented group of assistants, led by Charlie Partridge, Archie Collins and Chris Beatty. Pitt is recruiting as well as they have in many years which is good news for the future.
The bad news is that they’re going to have to maintain this standard because the overall recruiting in the ACC is really strong and in particular the ACC’s Coastal Division.
After a big day in college football recruiting on Saturday, here are the updated Rivals Top 25 Team Recruiting Rankings and you’ll see a number of ACC teams.
No. 7 Clemson
No. 8 North Carolina
No. 11 Miami
No. 14 Louisville
No. 24 Georgia Tech
No. 25 Pitt
If you breakdown this Top 25 Recruiting Rankings by conference, the ACC is more than holding their own with the other Power 5 conferences.
Big 10- 7 teams
ACC- 6 teams
SEC- 6 teams
Big 12: 3 teams
Pac 12: 2 teams
Something to remember when looking at these rankings, both Florida State (No. 27) and Boston College (No. 28) are just outside of the Top 25. Florida State currently only has 13 commitments and by the time they fill up their Class of 2021, they’ll likely be in the Top 25. As far as Boston College goes, new head coach Jeff Hafley is one of the top young recruiters in the country and will no doubt raise the level of talent that’s coming into Chestnut Hill.
When looking at the talent that these ACC teams in the Top 25 are bringing in, it’s a mix of four-star but mainly high three-star talent. Here’s the breakdown:
Clemson: 14 commitments (12 four-stars and two three-stars)
North Carolina: 17 commitments (one five-star, 10 four-stars and six three-stars)
Miami: 16 commitments (six four-stars and nine three-stars)
Louisville: 19 commitments (one four-star, 16 three-stars)
Georgia Tech: 16 commitments (one four-star, 12 three-stars)
PITT: 18 commitments (one four-star, 13 three-stars)
While ACC football doesn’t get the national respect that the basketball conference receives, that could be changing very soon thanks to rise in programs such as North Carolina, Louisville, Miami, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Pitt. The keys for Pitt to maintain this rise in recruiting is to raise the win total slightly and more importantly, do whatever it takes to maintain stability on the coaching staff. In other words, be prepared and willing to pay to keep this talented group of assistant coaches.