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Pitt Lands Commitment from 2025 3-Star ATH Bryce Yates



Pitt commit Bryce Yates.

Pitt has landed another commitment in the class of 2025.

Bryce Yates — a 6-foot, 160-pound three-star athlete from Matoaca High in Chesterfield, Va. — announced Sunday afternoon at his official commitment celebration that he’s committed to the Panthers.

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Yates held offers from Appalachian State, Buffalo, Charlotte, Duke, East Carolina, JMU, Marshall, Maryland, UMass, Old Dominion, Pitt, Temple and Yale. Still, with official visits previously scheduled for Duke and Pitt, it came down to the two ACC programs.

It seems likely that Yates will only take his official visit to Pittsburgh now.

Pitt jumped into the fray for Yates late last year, with former assistants Tiquan Underwood and Andre Powell leading his recruiting chase, but the Panthers coaching staff has been heavy on Yates since. Narduzzi has been the constant throughout Yates’ entire recruitment.

Kade Bell and JJ Laster — Narduzzi, still — have been on Yates since arriving over the winter, and it was enough to secure a June official visit and his early commitment.

It’s no surprise that Bell and Laster prioritized Yates once arriving as a coaching duo, which signals how the Panthers view Yates as a recruit.

Yates was the leading receiver at Matoaca as a junior, racking up 79 receptions for 1,193 yards (15.1 yards per reception) and 15 touchdowns — adding a 20-yard rushing touchdown. And his impact didn’t stop offensively, recording 27 tackles (19 solo), a tackle for loss and a team-high six interceptions.

247Sports rates Yates as the 30th-ranked athlete in the class and the 16th-ranked recruit from Virginia. Neither Rivals nor On3 have rated him yet, but he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.

Yates fits the mold of what the Panthers offensive coaching staff is looking for when it comes to smaller, faster wide receivers. Yates isn’t the biggest wideout, but he’s versatile and has a history of playing fast.

Pitt now holds three commitments in the class of 2025, Yates, three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio), and it’s not unlikely that a couple more soon join the class this spring.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

Come to the point where Pitt football is not exciting and is meaningless

Section 122
Section 122
1 month ago

Yayyy a “commitment” I’m sure that will be out the window when someone offers for cash.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

6′ and 160 lb 3*

1 month ago

Getting really difficult to not be cynical about commitments at this point. If he doesn’t get PT early, he’ll get mad and leave. If his abilities explode, he’ll get poached. Capel is now way better at roster management. So, only MBB remains interesting.

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