It’s a big weekend for Pitt as dozens of top recruits from the next three recruiting classes are making unofficial visits to Pittsburgh for Junior Day.
A lot of local and national talent has made its way to Pittsburgh, but there’s perhaps no bigger name in town than 2023 four-star defensive end Rueben Bain. Bain, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Miami Central in Miami, Florida, is one of the top targets in Pitt’s upcoming recruiting class.
With offers from Miami, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas and UCF, Bain has interest from nearly every Power Five team in the nation.
— Rueben “Hurricane” Bain Jr. (@Ba1nnnn) January 29, 2022
Pitt defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has a reputation as one of the top developers of talent in college football, and he’s worked wonders on Pitt’s loaded defensive front in the five seasons he’s been back in Pittsburgh. While the current crop of Pitt defensive linemen is deep, Bain would immediately join one of the strongest units in college football as a key foundation piece.
Bain is currently a key cog on Miami Central’s FHSAA Class-5A state title team, which is loaded with Division I talent. But it’s clear that he’s the main attraction. In just nine games recorded by MaxPreps, he recorded 53 tackles (51 solo), 31 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks — all of which led Miami Central.
247Sports rates Bain as the 181st-ranked recruit in the class, 28th-ranked defensive lineman and 36th-ranked recruit from Florida. Rivals is slightly lower, rating him as the 234th-ranked recruit in the class, the 23rd-ranked strongside defensive end and the 38th-ranked recruit in Florida.
A big weekend in Pitt, getting to meet with Patridge, head coach Pat Narduzzi and the staff could go a long way in securing one of the top targets on Pitt’s board. And getting to see the impact Pitt’s defensive line has on an ACC-winning squad firsthand can’t hurt either.
Pitt has recruited Florida well over the past handful of seasons, landing three-star running back Jordaan Bailey in 2022 and a quartet of recruits in the 2021 class, but Bain would be the biggest yet. His arrival at Pitt’s Junior Day is a big deal for Pitt.