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Pitt’s 2023 Recruiting Class Sees Renewed Success in the Sunshine State



Pitt’s Class of 2023 added another member on Monday as they picked up a commitment from three-star wide receiver Lamar Seymore.

Seymore became the 16th player to pledge to Pitt and interestingly, of the 16 verbal commitments, six are from the state of Florida.

This success in recruiting in Florida follows two years where Pitt only landed four combined players from the Sunshine State.

WR Lamar Seymore (Miami)
S    Jesse Anderson (Fort Lauderdale)
OT Tai Ray (Apopka)
RB Montravius Lloyd (St. Petersburg)
DT Antonio Camon (Tampa)
CB Shadarian Harrison (Lakeland)

While some fans have questioned why the Pitt program has placed such an emphasis over the years on recruiting Florida, the answer(s) are pretty clear. The first being is that they have developed solid relationships with many of the top programs in the area and helped developed them to play in the NFL. More importantly, the numbers show that Florida is one of, if not the most, talent-rich states in the entire country.

If your objective is to be a top program and win championships, you need NFL-type players, so it only makes sense to recruit the territories with the most talent, such as Florida. The fact that they have coaches such as Charlie Partridge, Tiquan Underwood, Tim Salem, Cory Sanders, Frank Cignetti, Jr. and Pat Narduzzi, who have tremendous reputations there, certainly helps their efforts in pulling in that talent.

In case you’re wondering, the six commitments from Florida isn’t the most that Pitt has landed in a single recruiting class during the Narduzzi era.

Here is a year-by-year look at Pitt’s commitments from Florida under Narduzzi:

2016- 4 (Rashad Weaver, Keyshon Williams, Zack Williams, Henry Miller)
2017- 7 (Dontavius Butler, A.J. Davis, Michael Smith, Damarri Mathis, Deslin Alexandre, Jerry Drake, Albert Tucker)
2018- 4 (Haba Baldonado, Shocky Jacques-Louis, V’Lique Carter, Marquis Williams)
2019- 6 (Leslie Smith, Calijah Kancey, Brandon Hill, Vincent Davis, Jared Wayne, Daniel Carter)
2020- 4 (Aydin Henningham, Jahvante Royal, Emmanuel Belgrave, Samuel Williams)
2021- 3 (Phillip O’Brien, Jake Renda, Noah Biglow)
2022- 1 (Jordaan Bailey)

The Class of 2023 sits at 6 players, but Pitt is still actively recruiting and in contention for talents such as five-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams and four-star defensive back Jaremiah Anglin.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
8 months ago

I’ll take a 3-star from FL over a 4-star from PA any day of the week. The competition and talent pool down here is SO much better.

8 months ago

Keystone Pipeline was to be in North Dakota. It didn’t go, look at the Price per Gallon now…. can’t deny the historical Panthers pipeline to Aliquippa, Hopewell, Central Valley, and Beaver Falls just to chase after guys who got showcased at a Rivals camp … District 7 (WPIAL) and the City League has talent.

8 months ago

All of this sounds really encouraging but the balloon gets a bit deflated when teams like West Virginia, NC State, & Wake Forest end up with a much higher ranking recruiting-wise 🙁

8 months ago
Reply to  Giovanni

It’s July…. check out Auburn’s Class today and see what it becomes in mid-December

Justin Dietrich
Justin Dietrich
8 months ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Recruiting rankings mean very little, but we’re ahead of NC State and WF currently. WVU is only ranked higher because of the volume of recruits they are able to take. We’re in a MUCH better position than WVU.

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