It’s no secret that new Pitt linebacker Jordan Bass is an electric addition to the program.
Pitt’s coaching staff fought off strong interest across the board to land the All-Virginia wide receiver and linebacker. He committed to Pitt back on Sept. 1, and he officially put pen to paper on National Signing Day — allowing fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
While Bass will not be able to enroll at Pitt this month, he’s the type of impact recruit who could make an immediate impact once he finally does step onto campus.
Pat Narduzzi has said that Bass is the type of player who would be able to fill all three linebacking roles in Pitt’s defense, and I’ve advocated for seeing what Bass has as a wide receiver, too.
To put it into context, on the way to a 15-0 VHSL championship, Bass hauled in 58 receptions for 1,530 yards (26.4 yards per reception) and 30 touchdowns. And as a defensive back, he added 10 interceptions — four of which he returned for touchdowns.
Bass, for his troubles, was the All-Tidewater Player of the Year, a MaxPreps All-Purpose All-American, first-team All-State wide receiver and defensive back and the Offensive Player of the Year.
It appears that On3 caught onto the level of recruit that Bass is, rating him as the 48th-ranked recruit in its final class of 2023 ranking. That’s the 48th-ranked player overall.
“Linebacker prospect who patrols the middle of the defense and makes his presence felt at every level of the field. Good looking physique standing in at nearly 6-foot-4, 215 pounds with a 6-foot-5 wingspan. Long speed and short area quickness are evident on tape. Extremely impressive track and field profile. Ran a 6.66 55m, 36.93 300m, jumped a 5-foot-11 high jump and a 21-foot-3 long jump during his junior track and field season. Comfortable dropping in zone coverage and playing man against running backs and tight ends. Quality blitzer and pass rusher off the edge. Excellent field vision and ability to trigger and diagnose where the ball is heading quickly. Shows some ball skills and playmaking ability as a receiver on offense as well. Need to see improvement in technique when it comes to stacking and shedding. High ceiling prospect who has all the physical and athletic ability in the world to become a potential top-150 draft prospect.”
Bass may not arrive on campus until the summer, but once he does, Pitt has a potential star in the making coming into the fold.