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Predicting How the First Pitt Official Visit Window Might Unfold

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Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt is currently right in the middle of the first official visit window. The recruits arrived Thursday, will spend all day Friday with the coaching staff and player hosts and leave tomorrow after exit interviews with Pat Narduzzi and the coaching staff.

Those exit interviews usually result in a handful of commitments, so I’d expect a few Pat Signals throughout Saturday morning.

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It would be nice if the Panthers could land every recruit they wanted, but obviously, that won’t happen. Pitt has six commitments in the class as it stands, with four of them currently in Pittsburgh for their official visits, and nine uncommitted recruits in the Burgh with them.

The crop of uncommitted talent isn’t loaded with four-star recruits, only Ezekiel Marcelin is currently rated as a four-star, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any worthwhile talent in town.

If Pitt has shown anything during the Narduzzi era, it’s the ability to identify under-the-radar talent.

Committed

Mason Heintschel — 6-foot-2, 220-pound three-star quarterback from Clay in Oregon, Ohio

Tony Kinsler — 5-foot-11, 165-pound three-star wide receiver from Spruce Creek in Port Orange, Fla.

Trevor Sommers — 6-foot-3, 250-pound three-star defensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Bryce Yates — 6-foot, 160-pound three-star wide receiver from Matoaca in Chesterfield, Va.

Uncommitted

Justin Thompson — 6-foot-3, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Good Counsel in Olney, Md.

Max Hunt — 6-foot-5, 210-pound three-star tight end from Plant in Tampa, Fla.

Madrid Tucker — 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete from Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Fla.

Byron Nelson — 6-foot-3, 280-pound three-star offensive lineman from Katy in Katy, Tx.

DaMarion Fowlkes — 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star wide receiver from Good Counsel in Olney, Md.

Ezekiel Marcelin — 6-foot, 190-pound four-star linebacker from Miami Central in Miami, Fla.

Denzil Williams — a 6-foot-3, 295-pound three-star offensive lineman from Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, N.Y.

Ayden Webb — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound three-star defensive back from Lake Highlands in Dallas, Tx.

Ja’Kyrian Turner — 5-foot-9, 160-pound three-star athlete from South Sumter in Bushnell, Fla.

So, Pitt currently has a quarterback, an offensive lineman, two wide receivers, a defensive lineman and a cornerback. That’s a solid core, but I think Pitt would like to load up the trenches and restock the cornerback unit.

I’m going to predict three commitments this weekend, maybe four.

Denzil Williams and Byron Nelson are the two linemen in town. Williams has official visits planned for Boston College and JMU following his weekend in Pittsburgh, but if the visit goes as expected, I wouldn’t be surprised if he commits before heading home.

Nelson has an official visit scheduled for Vanderbilt next weekend, but he’s another that I think could be swayed into an early commitment.

I think Pitt could land one of the two offensive linemen this weekend.

Madrid Tucker, who could likely play on either side of the ball, and Ayden Webb are both intriguing cornerback prospects. Tucker, who is also a legitimate baseball prospect, is an explosive athlete who fits the mold of a Pitt cornerback. I think there’s a good chance he will wind up committing this weekend.

Marcelin is the “crown jewel” of this visit weekend, and he’d be an excellent pickup, but he’s in high demand. He visited Miami last weekend and has visits scheduled for Louisville and Stanford later this month. I think his recruiting process will play out over the summer. But maybe it will help to see his cousin Jeremiah, a true freshman linebacker, this weekend.

Justin Thompson is another linebacker in town, a big, physical presence who plays with the sort of aggression that Pitt values; he would fit in well as a Money linebacker. He doesn’t have any current official visits scheduled, which may not mean anything, but he’s one to watch.

Max Hunt is one of the top tight end targets in the class, and with Brody Lennon deciding to visit Wisconsin instead of Pitt, it does create an opportunity this weekend. I don’t think Pitt would say no to multiple tight ends either, considering there are just four tight ends on the roster and two will likely move on following the season.

Pitt is going to land a few commitments from this class. For now, we just have to wait to see which recruits it ends up being.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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