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Pitt’s 2023 Recruiting Class Could Wind Up Without a Single WPIAL Recruit

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With 2023 four-star athlete Rodney Gallagher committing to West Virginia Wednesday, Pitt’s chances of going without signing a WPIAL recruit got a lot more likely in the class of 2023.

It was Central Valley’s Sean FitzSimmons in 2022, the trio of Elliot Donald, Nahki Johnson and Dorien Ford in 2021, Dayon Hayes in 2020 and so on and so on. Since 2010 — and way beyond — the WPIAL talent in Pennsylvania hasn’t always decided to stay home, but more often than not some homegrown stars have stayed home.

In fact, if Pitt doesn’t land a WPIAL signee in the class of 2023, it would be the first time since at least the 2002 season.

With Gallagher committing to West Virginia, that’s Pitt’s top WPIAL target off the board. Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson is looking to get out of Pittsburgh and Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne is committed to Penn State. Belle Vernon’s Jordan Mayer, Leechburg’s Braylan Lovelace (although it’s early) and Brashear’s Kameron Cheatom haven’t been offered by Pitt.

With Washington’s Davoun Fuse committing to Rutgers, there just aren’t many major WPIAL recruits to begin with in the 2023 recruiting class — with just seven of the Top 30 Pennsylvania recruits from the WPIAL, according to 247Sports — and Pitt’s major targets have either chosen elsewhere or Pitt hasn’t offered.

Pitt has landed four-star quarterback Kenny Minchey (Hendersonville, Tennessee) and three-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey) to lead off what should be a very, very eventful June. With visits from three-, four- and five-star recruits through the month of June, Pitt could pick up a dozen commitments soon.

What should be a strong class, one of Pat Narduzzi’s best at Pitt yet, it’s an interesting twist that there could be not one WPIAL recruit signed. There are Pennsylvania recruits in the mix (Pitt’s first very-early 2024 commitment from four-star defensive lineman Jahsear Whittington from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia), but the 2023 class will not be heavy Pennsylvania — if at all.

Of course, with late rising recruits like Lovelace (who just recently picked up his first Power Five offer from Virginia Tech), there is the potential that Pitt could jump in on late 2023 recruits. But without the frequency of top WPIAL recruits from season’s past, there’s a solid chance that Pitt’s 2023 class doesn’t include a WPIAL signee.

Aliquippa’s Will Gipson was a late commit to Pitt’s 2019 class, committing in November of 2018, so it’s not unheard of for Pitt to nab late-rising local recruits — especially with a strong senior season — but it could be that this is a class where local talent just goes elsewhere. And if Narduzzi is able to close it out late and land some of the official visitors, it won’t matter that much in the end.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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SRS
SRS
1 month ago

Not sure that is a concern. Check out Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame’s 247sports ‘Offer’ lists as well. They are full of TX, GA, FL players similar to PITT. Not the Regional recruiting that once was given the exposure to Shared film on these websites (247sports-Scout and Rivals). Look at the Buckeye’s Offers and Commitments, they could very well have all their Recruits from Ohio alone but they are recruiting abroad. Would however like to see NIL adjusted to Year 4 or 5 Players to encourage Athletes to remain in University rather than go to NFL and not make it… Read more »

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Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
1 month ago

I’ve been told the local kids do not feel like they get the same love as the GA. and FL kids. They are offered late and quite frankly feel like Narduzzi is an Ass.

Charles casella
Charles casella
1 month ago

Can you provide an example? If they dislike him so much 4 of 9 power 5 kids went to Pitt in 21…

SRS
SRS
1 month ago

Charlie Partridge (Florida) is to Pat Narduzzi, as Barry Rohrssen (NYC, Philadelphia, DC) was to Jamie Dixon. Can’t blame the approach, PITT has been the benefactor of Southeast talent as of recent. I get the OH-NJ-MD/DC-VA-PA approach but GA-FL-TX has abundance of great athletes.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson
1 month ago

Cannot reveal the source, and, every one has an opinion. Personally I don’t care where the kid is from. But I have heard this comment from some kids themselves.

Cbd2nd
Cbd2nd
1 month ago

Talent is talent. Where it comes from has absolutely nothing to do with putting together great recruiting classes. Some kids are apparently crazy enough to want to see, live and play football in other parts of the country. This isn’t 1955 anymore, and western PA, honestly all of PA, isn’t as talent rich as it once was.

Section 122
Section 122
30 days ago

There are a couple kids in 23 class but it’s far from a stable of talent.

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