Following a month full of official visits in June, things have quieted down with Pitt football recruiting and many other programs around the country.
Pat Narduzzi and his program currently have 15 announced commitments and three other “silent” commitments. In terms of the class breakdown, Pitt has gotten commitments from nine offensive players and six defensive players.
With more than half of the class already filled, the question now is what positions will the Pitt staff target from now until National Signing Day in December. While that’s something that fans want to know, it’s a question that not even the coaches can answer because the exact number of players that they’ll take is not yet known.
The reasons for that are 1.) Some will be dictated by which players decide not to return for the 2023 season. It’s inevitable that certain players will decide to transfer, and some will choose not to take advantage of the super season granted to them by the NCAA. 2.) Certain highly rated players can choose to commit to Pitt at any time, regardless of the number of players they’ve already gotten at their position. For example, even if Pitt were to have commitments from three wide receivers, if five-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams wants to commit, Pitt will take that commitment. Every player doesn’t have the option to do that.
Here are a few recruits that we believe have the opportunity to commit at any time. Once again, this is not official and it’s just our opinion.
*5-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams (Miami, Florida).
*4-star defensive end Jalen Thompson (Detroit, Michigan).
*4-star cornerback Braeden Marshall (Lake Mary, Florida).
*4-star safety Jaremiah Anglin (Lake Wales, Florida).
With 15 commitments, let’s go with Pitt having a class of 23 players. If that’s the case, here’s how I would look for Pitt to use the remaining 8 scholarships.
QUARTERBACK: Pitt got their guy in four-star Kenny Minchey and that will be the only high school quarterback that they take. That’s not to say that following the season, depending on what happens with their current depth chart, that Pitt doesn’t look to pick up a transfer quarterback.
RUNNING BACK: Pitt currently has one commitment, with three-star Montravious Lloyd from St. Petersburg, Florida. I don’t believe that Pitt is looking to add another back, BUT, that could change depending on what happens after the season. At this point, Pitt isn’t scheduled to lose any running backs to graduation following the season, but things could always change, which could alter Narduzzi’s plan. Vincent Davis is a senior, but he’s got the COVID year that he could choose to use.
Outlook: Most likely done.
WIDE RECEIVER: Pitt has done well so far with the commitments of Zion Fowler and Kenny Johnson. We also believe that they are in a good spot to land three-star wideout Lamar Seymore from Miami, Florida. If they do get a commitment from Seymore, they would be done at wide receiver, UNLESS, Hykeem Williams wants to commit. They would obviously create a spot for that type of elite talent.
Outlook: Will take 1, possibly 2 more receivers.
TIGHT END: They’ve not received a commitment here yet, but they will look to change that. Three-star Zach Ortwerth (St. Louis, Missouri) is someone the staff hosted on an official visit and were interested in, but he decided to recently commit to Iowa. The other player that is high on their wish list is Jackson McGohan, who’s currently committed to Cincinnati. Despite that commitment, McGohan made an official visit to Pitt, which means he’s at least considering Pitt. Before Signing Day in December or February, it would be surprising if Pitt doesn’t add a high school tight end.
Outlook: Likely to add 1.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Four offensive lineman are part of Pitt’s current class, and they likely aren’t done. We believe that one of Pitt’s silent commitments is from an offensive lineman. If that’s accurate, that should wrap up it up for lineman this year. This was a priority position because of the number of lineman they’ll be losing following the 2022 season.
Outlook: Will take 1 more.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Looking at their current roster along with the commitments from Isaiah Neal and Antonio Caman, Pitt is MOST LIKELY done but that could change if a talent such as Jalen Thompson wants to commit.
Outlook: Most likely done.
LINEBACKER: Rasheem Biles and Braylan Lovelace made early commitments, but we believe that the Panthers are looking to add one more to this group. The player to keep an eye on is Jordan Bass, from Hampton, Virginia. Bass made an official visit to Pitt, and he’s a player with tremendous upside that would do well in Pitt’s defensive scheme. He’s someone that has been speculated to be one of the players that could have made a silent commitment.
Outlook: Will take 1 more.
SECONDARY: This is the position that’s always the most difficult to project because of the number of players in the secondary. Jesse Anderson, Brice Pollock and Shadarian Harrison plan on joining Archie Collin’s secondary but depending on the player, I believe that Pitt is open to taking one more defensive back.
Outlook: Believe that they’ll add one more.
CONCLUSSION: PSN believes Pitt will use a scholarship on a wide receiver, tight end, offensive lineman, linebacker and a defensive back. The three projected scholarships that they could still have would be used on an elite recruit that becomes available, along with keeping a scholarship or two for the transfer portal following the season.