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Analyzing Pitt Football Recruiting and the Existing Pipeline



Pitt football bus with head coach Pat Narduzzi coming off.

Pitt football recruiting over the past four classes have built an interesting pipeline of where they are landing commits from.

Head coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff have worked hard to build better recruiting classes over the course of his tenure. Years of increased success, culminating in an ACC Championship in 2021 plus two straight finished seasons ranked for the first time in four decades, has raised the level of the players Pitt will bring to Oakland in the future.

These four recent classes have seen the normal culprits with Pennsylvania and Ohio in the top states, but there are others that might serve as a surprise.

Pitt nabbed 15 players from the home state, but also an equal amount from Florida. This includes seven players from the Class of 2023, the most from any state in these four most recent classes. Notable players include Class of 2021 defensive backs in Phillip O’Brien Jr. and Noah Biglow, who should see increased snaps in 2023.

Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, tight end coach Tim Salem and wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood have great connections in Florida, as well as other members of the Pitt staff. Expect to see more Florida commits not just in the Class of 2024, which has four Floridians, but well into the future.

Ohio is third with eight players, including three already in the Class of 2024. The two Class of 2021 players in offensive lineman Terrence Moore defensive back Tamarion Crumpley.

Virginia is No. 4 with six players and Class of 2021 three-star athlete now starting running back, Rodney Hammond, serving as the standout. Four-star linebacker.

Georgia comes in at No. 5, with recent commit in Class of 2024 four-star offensive lineman Caleb Holmes as the player who has the potential to serve as the cornerstone in the future.

Maryland, New Jersey and Texas each have three players each, while California, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York have two players each. Nebraska, Tennessee, Utah have one player each from those states and one international player in Australian punter Sam Vander Haar.

Pitt Players that have Committed from in the Classes from 2021-24

Pennsylvania-15 Players
Four-star defensive lineman Elliott Donald-Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School-Pittsburgh
Four-star defensive lineman Nakhi Johnson-West Mifflin Area High School-West Mifflin
Three-star defensive lineman Dorien Ford-Baldwin High School-Whitehall
Three-star defensive back Javon McIntyre-Imhotep Institute Charter High School-Philadelphia
Three-star defensive back Stephon Hall-Central Valley High School-Monaca
Three-star tight end Gavin Bartholomew-Blue Mountain High School-Schuylkill Haven
Three-star defensive lineman Sean FitzSimmons-Central Valley High School-Monaca
Three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson-Dallastown Area High School-Dallastown
Three-star linebacker Braylan Lovelace-Leechburg Area High School-Leechburg
Three-star defensive back Cruce Brookins-Steel Valley High School-Munhall
Three-star defensive lineman Jahsear Whittington-Imhotep Institute Charter High School-Philadelphia
Three-star running back Juelz Goff-Central York High School-York
Three-star offensive lineman Jiavanni Cooley-Cathedral Preparatory School-Erie
Three-star defensive lineman Ty Yuhas-Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School-Pittsburgh
Three-star offensive lineman Adham Abouraya-Dowington East High School-Euxton

Florida-15 Players
Three-star defensive back Phillip O’Brien Jr.-Deerfield Beach High School-Deerfield Beach
Three-star defensive back Noah Biglow-Armwood High School-Seffner
Three-star tight end Jake Renda-IMG Academy-Bradenton
Three-star offensive lineman Marco Fugar-St. Thomas Aquinas High School-Fort Lauderdale
Three-star defensive back Shadarian Harrison-Lakeland High School-Lakeland
Three-star defensive lineman Antonio Camon-Tampa Bay Technical High School-Tampa
Three-star wide receiver Lamar Seymore-Miami Central Senior High School-Miami
Three-star athlete Jesse Anderson-Cardinal Gibbons High School-Fort Lauderdale
Three-star athlete Montravius Lloyd-Lakewood High School-St. Petersburg
Three-star offensive lineman Tai Ray-Apopka High School-Apopka
Three-star defensive lineman Maverick Gracio-Cardinal Newman-West Palm Beach
Four-star wide receiver Ric’Darious “DayDay” Farmer-Melbourne Central Catholic High School-Melbourne
Three-star defensive back Allen Bryant-St. Thomas Aquinas High School-Fort Lauderdale
Three-star defensive back Chasen Johnson-Seminole High School-Sanford
Three-star defensive lineman Zachary Crothers– Chaminade-Madonna College-Hollywood

Ohio-Eight Players
Three-star offensive lineman Terrence Moore-Washington High School-Massillion
Three-star defensive back Tamarion Crumpley-Winton Woods High School-Forest Park
Three-star offensive lineman Ryan Baer-North High School-Eastlake Ohio
Three-star offensive lineman Ryan Carretta-St. Charles Preparatory School-Bexley
Three-star athlete Rasheem Biles-Pickerington Central-Pickerington
Three-star defensive lineman Francis Brewu-Thomas Worthington High School-Worthington
Three-star defensive back Tayshawn Banks-Taft Information Technology High School-Cincinnati
Three-star defensive back Davion Pritchard-Austintown Fitch High School-Austintown

Virginia-Six Players
Four-star defensive lineman Naquan Brown-Ocean Lakes High School-Virginia Beach
Three-star athlete Rodney Hammond-Booker T. Washington-Norfolk
Three-star athlete Myles Alston-Ocean Lakes High School-Virginia Beach
Three-star running back Malik Newton-Lake Taylor High School-Norfolk
Three-star offensive lineman Isaiah Montgomery-Landstown High School-Virginia Beach
Four-star linebacker Jordan Bass-Phoebus High School-Hampton

Georgia-Five Players
Three-star defensive back Khalil Anderson-Riverwood High School-Sandy Springs
Three-star defensive back Ryland Gandy-Buford High School-Buford
Three-star running back T.J. Harvison-Bowdon High School-Bowdon
Three-star offensive lineman BJ Williams-Creekside High School-Fairburn
Four-star offensive lineman Caleb Holmes-Creekside High School-Fairburn

Maryland-Three Players
Three-star wide receiver Jaden Bradley-DeMatha Catholic-Hyattsville
Three-star defensive lineman Isaiah Neal-St. Frances Academy-Baltimore
Three-star offensive lineman Mason Lindsay-DeMatha Catholic-Hyattsville

New Jersey-Three Players 
Three-star athlete Kyle Louis-East Orange Campus High School-East Orange
Three-star wide receiver Zion Fowler-St. Peter’s Preparatory School-Jersey City
Three-star linebacker Davin Brewton-Red Bank Catholic High School-Red Bank

Texas-Three Players
Three-star quarterback Nate Yarnell-Lake Travis High School-Austin
Three-star wide receiver Che Nwabuko-Manor High School-Manor
Three-star linebacker Marquan Pope-Guyer High School-Denton

California-Two Players 
Three-star athlete Israel Polk-St. John Bosco High School-Bellflower
Three-star quarterback Ty Dieffenbach-Agoura High School-Agoura

Massachusetts-Two Players 
Three-star defensive lineman Samuel Okunlola-Thayer Academy-Braintree
Three-star wide receiver Cameron Monteiro-Brockton High School-Brockton

Michigan-Two Players
Three-star offensive lineman Terrence Enos-Cass Technical High School-Detroit
Three-star offensive lineman Kyle Fugedi-Franklin High School-Livonia

New York-Two Players
Three-star defensive lineman Jimmy Scott-St. Francis High School-Hamburg
Three-star wide receiver Addison Copeland-Western New york Maritime Charter School-Buffalo

Nebraska-One Player 
Three-star tight end Eric Ingwerson– Papillion-La Vista High School-Papillion

Tennessee-One Player 
Three-star athlete Nigel Maynard-Stewarts Creek High School-Smyrna

Utah-One Player
Tight end Trey Andersen-Lehi High School-Lehi

International-One Player 
Three-star punter Sam Vander Haar-ProKick Australia

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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