4-star recruits are the players that get the attention of fans and get coaches excited because, most times, it’s a battle to land these highly coveted players.
The Pitt coaching staff were able to celebrate a recruiting win on Friday after Central Catholic 4-star defensive tackle Elliot Donald announced that he’d be staying home to play for Pitt. Donald joins fellow 4-star WPIAL product defensive end Nahki Johnson as the other Rivals 4-star recruit currently in Pitt’s Class of 2021.
Since Pat Narduzzi’s first full recruiting class in 2016, Pitt has gotten 15 4-star recruits.
Since 4-star recruits is a topic that fans like to discuss, here are six “fun” facts concerning Pitt football when it comes to 4-star recruits. These facts are based off of Rivals’ 4-star rankings.
DID YOU KNOW? PITT FOOTBALL 4-STAR RECRUITING FACTS:
Last Time Pitt Got Two 4-Star Defensive Lineman: Class of 2010, DE Bryan Murphy and DE T.J. Clemmings
Last Time Pitt Got Two 4-Star WPIAL Recruits: Class of 2016, Kaezon Pugh (Aliquippa) and Damar Hamlin (Central Catholic)
Last Time Pitt Got More Than Two 4-Star WPIAL Recruits: Class of 2012, Rushel Shell (Hopewell), Deaysean Rippy (Sto-Rox) and Adam Bisnowaty (Fox Chapel).
Last Time Pitt Got Two WPIAL 4-Star Recruits At Same Position: Class of 2014, OT Mike Grimm (Bethel Park) and OT Alex Bookser (Mt. Lebanon).
Most 4 and 5-Star Recruits: Seven, which was followed by back-back classes of six 4-star recruits.
Class of 2006: CB Aaron Berry, RB Kevin Collier, Athlete Aaron Smith, TE Nate Byham, TE Dorin Dickerson, DT John Malecki and OT Jeff Otah.
Class of 2007: RB LeSean McCoy, DE Tony Tucker, WR Aundre Wright, DT Tommie Duhart, QB Pat Bostick and OL Chris Jacobson
Class of 2008: CB Jarred Holley, LB Shayne Hale, WR Jonathan Baldwin (5-star), RB Cam Sadler, OL Lucas Nix and RB Chris Burns.
Last 5-Star Recruit: Class of 2013, OL Dorian Johnson (Belle Vernon).