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.
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:
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.