As I embark on my exciting journey to dive deep into everything Pitt football with Pittsburgh Sports Now, I’ll start with an assessment of the current 2023 recruiting class.
Ok, I know it doesn’t look good. And I’ve been doing this for a long time as the first Pitt coach I covered was Walt Harris. I’ve felt Pat Narduzzi is a good fit for Pitt for years now, but his recruiting prowess has been iffy. And this year it’s not going so well.
The good news? There are some gems in this class especially on defense. The 1-2 combo at DT and DE of Isaiah Neal and Antonio Camon is impressive and both strike me as those typical Pitt DL commits that are underrated and develop nicely. Neal is undersized and will add weight while not losing excellent foot speed and quickness while Carman is big for an end and works well off contact. And LB Braylan Lovelace may come from a school that never produces talent in the WPIAL but he’s a gamer who will continue to grow into an inside backer. His play at running back helps him as well to be honest as many top linebackers who play both ways learn tendencies from being a running back.
The wide receiver class is also solid with Kenny Johnson from PA and Florida speedster Lamar Seymore.
But I’m not here to sugar coat or blow smoke. This class is lacking in many ways. The loss of Kenny Minchey at QB is a big blow and they will have to take a QB down a notch to replace him. That being said, I was never that sold on the arm of Minchey and had him as a 3 star and with the portal a QB can be found with ease. What concerns me more is the OL recruiting which isn’t great and the lack of depth at positions like DL and at DB. This is a small class and has been hammered by decommitments and that’s never a good sign. However, if there’s a silver lining it’s the portal as a small or weak recruiting class can be offset with so much talent in the portal. But that also means gaining more than you lose and that’s always tricky.
I won’t lie to you; I have this class near the bottom of the ACC and a strong close is needed and some gems found before the February Signing Day. Things have fallen quite a bit since a solid 2021 class, so momentum needs to be regained.