Pitt got a big commitment on Friday afternoon, as legacy recruit and four-star defensive lineman Elliot Donald committed to the Panthers.
How big? Well, Donald, the nephew of former Pitt and current L.A. Rams star Aaron Donald, checks in at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds.
But beyond his physical size, Donald’s commitment will be huge for the Panthers’ Class of 2021.
By him committing on Friday’s Pitt’s Class of 2021 went from ranked No. 35 to No. 25 by Rivals.com, an unprecedented 10-point jump for a class that already had 17 commitments in it.
As the No. 82 player in the country, Donald is the highest-rated member of Pitt’s class and the third-highest recruit ever landed by Narduzzi, following Paris Ford and Jordan Whitehead.
Pitt’s No. 25 ranking, if it holds, would be a 19-spot improvement after finishing No. 44 in the Class of 2020, and Pitt’s best class according to Rivals since 2006, when another WPIAL standout, Dorin Dickerson, helped Pitt to a No. 21 ranking.
In Donald, Pitt also has landed the consensus No. 2 player in Western Pennsylvania for the second consecutive class, after adding Westinghouse defensive end Dayon Hayes in 2020.