Pitt FB Recruiting
The First Four: Recapping Pitt’s Early 2024 Recruiting Class
On Feb. 10, 2022, Pitt had just one verbal commit in the class of 2023. And, yes, Zion Fowler would eventually sign with Pitt in December, but it took a decommitment and a recommitment for him to make his way to Pittsburgh.
Pitt’s second signee in the class of 2023 would eventually decommit and sign with Notre Dame.
It’s a fickle business. The world of college football recruiting has never been more volatile, so until pen is put to paper on signing day, a verbal commitment will always be met with a degree of skepticism. But that doesn’t diminish the value of verbal commitments either.
With Ty Yuhas’ commitment Thursday, Pitt already holds four verbal commitments in the class of 2024.
247Sports rates Pitt’s class at No. 30 and Rivals rates it at No. 29, and that includes two four-star recruits, so let’s take a look at the current class.
Jahsear Whittington — four-star defensive lineman from Imhotep High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Whittington was Pitt’s first commit in the class, pledging himself to Pitt back in April after an unofficial visit with a few of his Imhotep teammates.
He’s the top-ranked defensive lineman in Pennsylvania, racking up 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks as a junior at Imhotep, on the way to All-State honors, and the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder is only trending up.
He committed to Pitt early, and as he’s served as the vocal leader of the class of 2024 through the early portion of his recruiting chase, he’s been a key piece in the class.
“I went over it with my family, and they felt it was the same way,” Whittington told PSN in April. “(Pitt) produces great D-linemen every year, especially going way back to AD, and coach Partridge is one of the best in the books. So, I’m going to put my trust in them and the program, and I’m locked in.”
Whittington appears to be the next in a long line of stud defensive linemen at Pitt.
DayDay Farmer — four-star wide receiver from Cocoa High School in Cocoa, Florida
Pitt fans couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present than Farmer, who committed to Pitt on Christmas Day.
He was both a surprise verbal commitment and one of the best wide receivers in the class all in one, and it couldn’t have come on a better day.
As a junior at Cocoa, he hauled in 63 receptions for 938 yards (14.9 yards per reception) and 10 touchdowns — adding 279 yards (31 yards per attempt) and a touchdown on nine attempts.
“When I went on a visit up there, they showed me all the wide receivers they’ve had and how they’ve been able to produce in all kinds of weather, including the cold,” Farmer told PSN in December. “I told my coach that weather doesn’t matter on where I go, just as long as you perform.
“Also, Coach Wood just kept things real with me since day one. In the end, I wanted to lock up a spot especially with the transfer portal because the portal is getting crazy right now. I wanted to lock my spot in with Pitt. I called and told Coach Underwood about my decision first and he was going crazy on the phone. It was so crazy.”
Farmer is a home run commitment with the potential to join the wide receivers room and make an immediate impact.
Juelz Goff — three-star running back from Central York High School in York, Pennsylvania
Goff made a visit to Pitt for its first Junior Day in January, and he couldn’t leave without committing first.
He was thinking about it for a while, but the visit cemented that Pitt was the place for him, and he’s perhaps the next star central Pennsylvania running back to make it out to Pittsburgh.
“I’ve been talking to the coaches for a while, specifically coach Powell, coach Borbely and coach Narduzzi, just building a bond,” Goff told PSN in January. “They’ve been telling me how much they like me, it was a mutual ‘I like them as much as they like me.’
“Just getting a feel for how everything was going throughout the visit, I liked everything, such as the schemes, the rest of the staff that I got to meet yesterday, the crowd at the basketball game, the environment and just being there. I see all the alumni come back like Aaron Donald, LeSean McCoy, guys that have been there, and they come back as alumni, that just shows the type of program they have.”
So, while he put together an excellent junior season at Central York, running for 1,611 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and 31 touchdowns and adding 335 yards (14 yards per reception) through the air, his focus is consistency. In the gym, on the field, on the track and in life.
With a stout 5-foot-10, 190-pound frame, he’s a powerful runner who often hits the next level and runs right past defenders at the high school level.
Ty Yuhas — defensive lineman from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When Charlie Partridge offers a defensive lineman, it’s very hard to critique his decision. He’s worked with the best of the best.
So, as Yuhas picked up an offer over the weekend, and told PSN at the time that he was thinking about committing to Pitt, it was serious. That wouldn’t be possible if Yuhas wasn’t a legit defensive lineman.
Yuhas did commit Thursday, and as a linebacker-turned-defensive end, he’s a 6-foot-3, 26-pound ball of energy. Pitt sees him as a defensive tackle at the next level, so it will be interesting to watch his progression as a senior at Central Catholic.
“(Pitt has) honestly been recruiting me since June, and we’ve kept in contact since June building a good relationship, and when they did offer me — I’ve always wanted to go to Pitt,” Yuhas told PSN in February. “So, my first reaction was, ‘Why wait?'”
Yuhas’ motor, a relentless pursuit of opposing quarterbacks and running backs, drew the eye of the coaching staff. It’s exactly the kind of play that Pitt’s staff values.
Expect Franklin to try to buy this class. Expect our PS qb to get involved.
🤦🏼♂️ What the hell are you talking about
Dude we give you our back ups. Why would we want your class?
Dude, you must have gotten confused and accidentally entered a website for Pitt fans.