With National Signing Day in the books, Pitt Football is projected to have the No. 22 recruiting class for 2021, per Rivals; significantly better than 2020’s No. 44 ranking. The class has 22 players, including three four-star recruits and 19 three stars. It is the best class of Head Coach Pat Narduzzi’s tenure, and the best Panthers class since 2006.
Despite the lofty national rank, the Panthers’ class is only No. 4 in the ACC, behind Clemson, Miami, and UNC.
Central Catholic star Elliot Donald highlights the class, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive tackle who is the nephew of two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Pitt graduate Aaron Donald. 247sports projects the younger Donald as the 119th best player in the class and the 10th overall defensive tackle.
Pitt’s class includes two other Top 300 players, a pair of weakside defensive ends: Naquan Brown out of Virginia Beach (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and Nahki Johnson (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) out of West Mifflin. They are the 222nd and 256th players in their class, respectively.
The class features two more WPIAL standouts along with Donald and Johnson, 6-foot-4, 290-pound DT Dorien Ford (Baldwin) and 6-foot-1.5, 180-pound safety Stephon Hall (Central Valley).
Other players include CB Khalil Anderson, S Phillip O’Brien Jr., Rodney Hammond, OT Terrence Rankl, RB Malik Newman, S Javon McIntyre, OT Terrence Enos, Myles Aston, CB Tamarion Crumpley, OT Kyle Fugedi, Pro-Style QB Nate Yarnell, CB Noah Biglow, TE Jake Renda, WR Jaden Bradley, TE Gavin Bartholomew, and OLB Preston Lavant.
With four defensive linemen, six defensive backs, and three offensive linemen, the Panthers look to fill several positions of immediate need after losing several starters to the NFL.