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Pitt Football On Course For Highest Ranked Recruiting Class Ever

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A higher win total was expected from the 2020 Pitt football team than their current 5-5 mark, so naturally people have questioned the progress that’s been made during the six years of the Pat Narduzzi era.

While those questions might be legitimate, no one can question or criticize the improvement in Pitt’s recruiting over the last few years. In fact, with just 17 days till December’s National Signing Day, Pitt is on course to have their highest Rivals recruiting rankings ever.

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Following the commitment of three-star tight end Gavin Bartholomew on Sunday, Pitt now is ranked No. 20 in Rivals 2021 team recruiting rankings. That ranking is fourth-best in the ACC behind only Clemson (11), Miami (12) and North Carolina (16).

To get a better perspective on the improvement they’ve made in national recruiting, here is where Pitt’s finished since the hiring of Narduzzi:

Pitt’s Rivals Team Recruiting Rankings: 

2021: 20th
2020: 44th
2019: 49th
2018: 36th
2017: 38th
2016  29th

Plenty can and will still happen before the second National Signing Day in February, but how good would 20th or higher be for Pitt?

Since numbers for team recruiting rankings began, Pitt’s highest ever ranking was in 2006 when they finished 21st. That was a strong three-year run under Dave Wannstedt when from 2006 to 2008, they finished with rankings of 21st, 26th and 28th. But Pitt’s current No. 20 ranking would top them all.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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TMG
TMG
3 years ago

I’m more worried about W & L’s than Recruiting rankings

Mtgj
Mtgj
3 years ago

The recruiting is going in the correct direction and I see that continuing. The biggest issue moving forward is finding a legit stud QB to play with these kids. Hopefully he is on the roster, but I’m fearfully he plays for Boston college.

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
3 years ago

Rankings mean very little…Rushel Shell, Shayne Hale, Chris Burns, etc.

Gary O'Shell
Gary O'Shell
3 years ago

Pitt has had talent. It just never seems to translate into victories. No matter how high the ranking, I wonder if Narduzzi can ever coach them to be a consistent top 25 type program.

Next Level
Next Level
3 years ago
Reply to  Gary O'Shell

In the past 6 years, Coastal Carolina has spent more weeks in the Top 25 then Pitt.

 
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