The Pitt football programs diligence in recruiting the state of Florida proved beneficial in the form of another talented player.
2024 3-star linebacker Jeremiah Marcelin from Norland High School in Opa Locka, Florida announced his commitment this afternoon to Pitt and becomes commitment No. 20 in their Class of 2024.
The Florida to Pitt pipeline continues as Marcelin is the fifth player from Florida to commit to Pitt this year joining 3-star defensive back Chasen Johnson (Sanford, Florida), 3-star defensive back Allen Bryant (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), 3-star defensive end Zachary Crothers (Hollywood, Florida) and 4-star wide receiver Ric’Darious Farmer (Melbourne, Florida).
This isn’t just a one-year deal in terms of Pitt’s success in recruiting the Sunshine State. Since taking over as head coach, Pat Narduzzi has now gotten 40 commitments from players in Florida and is averaging 4 Florida commitments per recruiting class.
Considering this high volume of players, PSN went back through all of the Pitt/Florida commitments and came up with a list of our Top 10 Pitt signings from Florida.
TOP 10 PLAYERS PITT HAS SIGNED FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA
10. Deslin Alexandre, DE, Pompano Beach, Florida. Played in 58 games and collected 131 tackles, 29.5 tackle for losses and 16.5 sacks. Alexandre has signed a free agent contract with the NY Jets.
9. Keyshon Camp, DT, Lakeland, Florida. Came to Pitt as a 4-star recruit but his injuries prevented him from becoming great. In 35 career games, registered 59 tackles, 7.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks. When Camp was on the field, he was very productive.
8. Vincent Davis, RB, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Total team player for Pitt. In four seasons, Davis played in 49 games and ran the ball 398 times for 1813 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. Davis also collected 64 receptions for 413 yards and a touchdown. Davis entered the transfer portal and will play for UNLV this season.
7. Marquis Williams, CB, Pompano Beach, Florida. Williams has one more season left with Pitt. In 47 games games, Williams has 83 tackles and five career interceptions.
6. Jared Wayne, WR, Clearwater, Florida. In four seasons in a Panther uniform, Wayne recorded 146 career receptions for 2,308 yards and 13 touchdowns. Wayne will go to training camp this year with the Houston Texans.
5. Haba Baldonado, DE, Clearwater, Florida. In four seasons, Baldonado played in 40 games and collected 99 tackles, 22.5 of which were for a loss and 15 career sacks. Baldonado is going to training camp this year with the NY Giants.
4. Brandon Hill, S, Apopka, Florida. Hill was a rock at safety for Pitt as he registered 172 tackles, 91 of which were solo. Hill also recorded three interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown. Hill was drafted in the 7th round by the Houston Texans.
3. Damarri Mathis, CB, Lakeland, Florida. In his last two seasons with Pitt, Mathis developed into Pitt’s top cover corner. In 48 career games, Mathis recorded 88 tackles, 66 of which were solo and 5 interceptions. The Denver Broncos selected Mathis in the 4th round.
2. Rashad Weaver, DE, Cooper City, Florida. In his last season at Pitt, Weaver earned consensus All-American status, garnering 1st team All-America honors from 4 of the NCAA’s recognized selectors. Weaver was also a semi finalist for the Bednarik Award. In 34 games, Weaver collected 109 tackles, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 17 sacks. The Tennessee Titans selected Weaver in the 4th round.
1. Calijah Kancey, DT, Miami, Florida. Kancey was a 1st team All-American by various media outlets and was the Panthers’ first unanimous All-American since Aaron Donald in 2013. Kancey was the only player in the country to be selected a 2022 finalist for both the Outland Trophy and Nagurski Trophy. Kancey was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022.
The 2023 Pitt roster is filled with a number of Florida recruits so in a few years, this list will likely need to be updated.
Young players on the roster include P.J. O’Brien, Jake Renda, Noah Biglow, Maveric Gracio, Lamar Seymore, Tai Ray, Jesse Anderson, Montravious Lloyd, Antonio Camon and Shadarian Harrison.