Pat Narduzzi’s plan to expand Pitt’s recruiting territory has paid dividends over the last couple of recruiting classes with commitments from players in states the Panthers haven’t historically recruited in such as Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.
Looking back to the players that Pitt signed in the Class of 2019, 2020 and the verbal commitments they have received this year, the decision to diligently start recruiting these states has landed them quality players such as:
Davis Beville (Greenville)
Nate Temple (Abeville)
Buddy Mack (Duncan)
Rodney Hammond (Norfolk)
Myles Alston (Virginia Beach)
Malik Newton (Norfolk)
Hunter Sellers (College Park)
Jaylon Barden (Macon)
Rashad Battle (Atlanta)
Khalil Anderson (Atlanta)
Preston Lavant (Cordele)
While it’s always a team effort to recruit a player, a majority of credit for the results Pitt is getting in Georgia goes to assistant coach Archie Collins.
While Collins has deep recruiting ties in his hometown state of Michigan, the same can also be said for Georgia. And that’s paying off for Pitt. Not only are they getting commitments from talented players from the Peach State, they are winning a lot of tough recruiting battles to do so.
Battle was a 4-star recruit with offers from Baylor, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Ole Miss, NC State, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Bardon was a 247 Sports Composite 4-star recruit that selected Pitt over Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Sellers was a 3-star recruit with offers from Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
When giving Pitt a commitment during the spring, Lavant also held offers from Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Nebraska and West Virginia. Anderson was a big get as he’s currently a 4-star player with offers from Arkansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Since Pitt will be in Atlanta on Saturday to take on Georgia Tech, we wanted continue with the theme of Panthers recruiting in the Peach State by examining the effort Pitt is making to recruit Georgia for the Class of 2022.
Pitt currently has extended offers to over 200 juniors in the Class of 2022 and a good percentage of those are to players in Georgia. While Florida still leads in terms of most offers for a specific state with 56, Georgia ranks in the top half with 18 offers to high school juniors, which is the same number they’ve offered to players in Pennsylvania.
CLASS OF 2022 PLAYERS FROM GEORGIA WITH PITT OFFERS:
4-star QB Sam Horn (Suwanee)
3-star QB Bryce Archie (Powder Springs)
4-star RB Damari Alston (College Park)
4-star RB Antonio Martin (Fairburn)
3-star RB Jordan McDonald (Alpharetta)
4-star WR Sam Mbake (Snellville)
4-star WR Janiran Bonner (Ellenwood)
3-star TE Bennett Christian (Acworth)
3-star TE Holden Staes (Atlanta)
TE Darren Agu (Rabun Gap)
5-star DE Tyre West (Tifton)
4-star DE Mykel Williams (Columbus)
4-star OLB Jaron Willis (Leesburg)
4-star CB Marquis Groves-Killebrew (Snellville)
3-star CB Marcus Allen (Marietta)
3-star S Dainsus Miller (Fairburn)
3-star S JQ Hardaway (Columbus)
3-star Athlete Terian Williams (Johns Creek)