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Pitt’s Chances in Landing a Few 4-Stars Over the Summer



It’s going to be an interesting upcoming week for the Pitt football program.

Several highly rated recruits that have listed the Panthers as one of their finalists, plan on announcing their college choice. Aside from those players, others have ranked high on their recruiting board.

The legitimate excitement surrounding Pitt and their recruiting hasn’t been like this for many years.

Currently, Pitt’s class of 2024 has 19 members with giving it a Team Recruiting Ranking of No. 16, while 247 Sports has them listed at No. 19.

Between the two recruiting services, Pitt has four four-star recruits but that number along with their ranking has a real chance to rise over the next couple of weeks.

As I tweeted on Monday, I believe there’s a real chance that Pitt’s class of 2024 finishes with nine or 10 four-star recruits. That would obviously be a tremendous accomplishment and a sign of the national progress that Pitt is making under Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt’s Current 4-Star Commitments:
Offensive guard Caleb Holmes (Fairburn, Georgia).

Outside linebacker Cam Lindsey (Aliquippa High School).

Wide receiver Ric’Darious Farmer (Melbourne, Florida).

Defensive tackle Jahsear Whittington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

So, who are the other five or six other four-star recruits that Pitt has a chance of landing? I’ll also give my confidence level of landing them, with the highest being five.

Running back Yasin Willis from Montvale, New Jersey. 
-Willis has made official visits to Pitt, Michigan and Rutgers. At this point, hometown Rutgers would appear to be the biggest challenge, but a recent offer from Alabama could complicate Pitt’s efforts to land this big-time talent.

Confidence Level: 5 of 5.

Quarterback Trever Jackson from West Orange, Florida.
-Jackson will continue to be the focus of Pitt’s recruiting efforts until he makes a decision. Things seemed a lot easier for Pitt months ago, but Jackson’s recruiting profile has soared following recruiting camps and his performance in the Elite 11 Competition in California. Maryland, Miami and UCLA are the latest schools to try to get involved in recruiting Jackson. Pitt is hoping that the relationship they’ve created with Jackson and his family will be strong enough to fend off these entrants. Just a personal thought, if Jackson doesn’t make a college decision before the end of July, that could be a bad sign for Pitt.

Confidence Level: 3 of 5.

Defensive End Sincere Edwards from Apopka, Florida.
-Pitt caught the eye of Edwards ever since his official visit in the spring and his official visit last weekend did nothing to hurt their chances to land him. Edwards would be an ideal defensive end in Pitt’s pass-rushing defense and has all the skills to be the next star under Charlie Partridge. The one-time Central Florida commit recently released a Top 5 of Pitt, Penn State, South Florida, Central Florida and Maryland. I really like Pitt’s chances in this battle.

Confidence Level: 5 of 5.

Defensive End Dominic Kirks from Cleveland, Ohio.
-This is another player that I really like and like Edwards just fits the profile of a Panther defensive end with his 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame. Kirks has taken official visits to Pitt, Wisconsin and Washington. His final five are Pitt, Kentucky, Nebraska, Washington and Wisconsin with his decision likely to come down to Pitt and the Badgers. I actually pegged Kirks to be a player that would commit following his official visit at the beginning of June but that didn’t happen.

Confidence Level: 4 of 5.

Defensive End Elias Rudolph from Deerfield Beach, Florida.
-Partridge and Pitt did a tremendous job recruiting Rudolph, as evidenced by the fact that this Top 200 elite talent has Pitt in his final three teams, along with Michigan and Miami. Unfortunately for Pitt, I believe the lure of Michigan will be too much for Rudolph to pass on. Things can always change, but I’m not confident it will.

Confidence Level: 1 of 5.

Defensive End Mylachi Williams from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
-This is the fourth four-star defensive end that Pitt is a finalist and like with Rudolph, Pitt’s chances of landing him could be hurt by a Big 10 program. Williams made his Pitt official visit over the weekend and immediately afterwards, he announced a decision date. Williams took official visits to Pitt, Penn State and Syracuse and in the end, I believe he’s a heavy lean towards James Franklin and Penn State.

Confidence Level: 1 of 5.

Wide Receiver Zy’Marion Lang from Palmetto, Florida.
-Tiquan Underwood and Pitt did a great job while Lang visited Pitt over the weekend. For a while, South Carolina looked to be the leader for this Florida star after his time in Pittsburgh, the Panthers made up a lot of ground. Being able to pull this talent out of Florida and to pair him with Farmer would be huge for Pitt’s future wide receiver depth chart.

Confidence Level: 4.5 of 5.

Safety Koy Beasley from Cincinnati, Ohio.
-Things looked great for Pitt with Beasley but things appeared to drastically change over the weekend. Beasley made his official visit to Purdue and it now sounds as though they’re going to land him. How much did this situation change? Beasley is making his college decision tomorrow and the Pitt staff was very optimistic that he would pledge himself to the class, but that no longer appears to be the case. This would definitely be a hit to Pitt’s recruiting efforts.

Confidence Level: .5 of 5.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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3 months ago

“The legitimate excitement surrounding Pitt and their recruiting hasn’t been like this for many years.”

Amen to that.

3 months ago

The good news is we don’t need to land every four star defensive end on the eastern seaboard. 1 or 2 of the above guys would be sufficient. I’m glad to hear the optimism about Lang; in my opinion, the talent level at WR is a little suspect until proven otherwise.

3 months ago

Hey Mike, I’m curious as to who they would target if Jackson commits elsewhere? Since it appears the other qb targets have committed elsewhere. Can’t hit the lottery with every transfer portal qb, point in case Slovis!

Last edited 3 months ago by JHoff14
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Vukovcan

That’s the route you think they’ll go?

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