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Farrell Files: Thoughts on Pitt’s Latest Commit, 2023 DL class



In this edition of the Farrell Files Pitt I’ll take a look at some recent recruiting news including the new commit as well as break down the DL class for 2023.

We have a new player in the class of 2024 and that’s local DE Ty Yuhas. The Pittsburgh Central Catholic standout chose Pitt a week after being offered and with family members as alums this was a no brainer. Oh by the way, he’s not ranked yet but I can tell you what they will do with him. He’ll be a low 3 star.

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I have him slightly higher as a mid 3 star prospect for a couple of reasons. He’s not a freak athlete or overly long but he can play strongside end or defensive tackle. I like that versatility. He’s a high energy and high motor kid who is good off of contact so I see him moving inside permanently after when he arrives. And how about this for a ranking criteria? In this day and age of the portal this is a developmental kid. What I mean by that is he will take some time to adjust to college football and be successful but with Pitt his home and dream offer, he will stick to it and not leave. Why is that important? Because the longer he has in the system the more he can contribute. First as a scout team or depth player to make others improve. Then as he pushes for a starting role and then as a starter. If he can put together a career where that happens he’s as good as any 4 star to me. It will take a lot for that to happen but I have him higher than most will for that reason.

Photo courtesy of Ty Yuhas’ Twitter account.

2024 QB Henry Hasselbeck intrigues me a lot. Why? Because I’m old. He’s the son of former Boston College QB Matt Hasselbeck who played a long time in the NFL and the nephew of Tim Hasselbeck who also played at BC and had a short NFL stint. This Hasselbeck is much skinnier than the others at 6-3 and 170 pounds but he plays at St. X in Massachusetts like they did. Matt and Tim were 4 stars out of HS with Tim a national top 50 player. Henry has been offered by Pitt and its a genius move to me. He’s a Maryland commit for lacrosse but football is obviously in his blood. This kid could be a diamond in the rough. I’m not sure if Pitt leads or anything but they have his interest for football.

Pitt made the early cut for a few players recently. They are in the top 10 for WR Daniel Coles from Virginia along with Virginia Tech, Boston College, East Carolina, Penn State, Duke, Louisville, Maryland, West Virginia and Connecticut. I’m hearing Virginia Tech has the most comfort level for him and Maryland is up there as well. Pitt needs him on campus this spring to make the next cut.

They also made the final 11 for DE Brandon Davis-Swain from Michigan along with Penn State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky, USC, Colorado and Notre Dame. Early indications are that Michigan and Notre Dame are the leaders with Penn State up there as well so Pitt is a long shot of sorts here. They have to wow him on a spring visit to stay in here.

And finally, my look at the DL class of 2023. It’s a small class with one DT and two DEs but there’s some talent here. DT Isaiah Neal has arguably the most upside of anyone in this class at 6-3 and 285 pounds. He’s a chaser so a natural pass rusher from inside and a technician who uses his hands well and works off of contact. He’s a legit 4 star player and hard to find.

DE Antonio Camon is also a good one at 6-3 and 250 who can hold the edge and rush the passer. He’s adept at getting his mitts on the ball so he can bat down some passes and he’s athletic enough to drop off in coverage and space at times. He’s a roaming end to me who can do a lot and is a high 3 star.

Finally there is late bloomer Maverick Gracio who is a ‘tweener at 6-5 and 225. He’s raw as heck but his best football is ahead of him. He can play standup LB if needed but he’s going to grow into a DE. He’s an elite pass rusher with more than 20 sacks but needs to get stronger to handle bigger linemen and the run. He’s a mid 3 star to me. All and all it’s a good DL group.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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