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Updated Pitt Class of 2025 Team Recruiting Rankings



Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi claps after the Panthers score against Virginia Tech on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now.)

With Pitt securing five commitments from the first round of official visitors, there was some expected movement in its recruiting rankings.

Heading into June, Pitt held just six commitments in the class of 2025 with 247Sports, Rivals and On3 placing the Panthers outside of the top 50 in recruiting team rankings and near the bottom among ACC programs.

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Specifically, 247Sports slotted Pitt at No. 61 overall and 16th in the ACC, just above North Carolina State.

The recent additions saw a rise in Pitt’s national standings as the Panthers now hold 11 commitments.

With the rankings far from finalized and bound to shift in the following weeks, here’s where Pitt stands at the moment across the three recruiting services.


Pitt has climbed to No. 42 on 247Sports’ composite rankings with 139.07 points, which is slightly higher than ACC counterparts, Louisville, who holds 10 commits, and Miami, who has seven commits — five of which are four-stars.

In the ACC, Pitt sits 11th behind California (140.03 points) and North Carolina (150.54 points). As expected, Clemson sits atop the class with 13 total commits, with 10 coming in the form of 4-stars. The team behind Clemson may come as a surprise with Syracuse boasting 21 commits, one of which holds a four-star rating.

Belleville High School (Mich,) four-star safety Elijah Dotson is the top Panther prospect on 247Sports with a 90 overall rating.

Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) offensive tackle Shep Turk, Matoaca (Va.) wide receiver Bryce Yates and Good Counsel (Md.) wide receiver DaMarion Fowlkes all hold an 88 rating.


Pitt’s highest ranking in the Class of 2025 at the current moment comes on Rivals with the Panthers slotting in at No. 39 with 765 points in between Louisville and Miami.

However, the Panthers still remain at No. 11 when it comes to the ACC rankings.

When it comes to Rivals’ rating system, Pitt’s prospects hold three stars across the board. Running back Tony Kinsler (Fla.) and Elijah Dotson hold the highest ratings at 5.7 with defensive end Trevor Sommer (Fla.), quarterback Mason Heintschel (Ohio) and linebacker Justin Thompson (Md.) earning 5.6 ratings.


Pitt’s lowest ranking comes from On3’s industry rankings where the Panthers slide in at No. 57 with a score of 84.710. Pitt chimes in just below California (85.011) and Arkansas (84.999), while slightly ahead of Virginia Tech (84.434).

In the ACC, Pitt finds itself at No. 14 ahead of the Hokies, Boston College (84.127) and NC State (83.653)

Elijah Dotson once again holds the highest rating for the Panthers with four stars and an 89.45 score. Tony Kinsler (87.94), Justin Thompson (85.80) and Mason Heintschel (85.64) following in suit.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

Not very impressive thus far, Pat.

1 month ago

Well let’s see if the underrated recruits play better than their star rating and it turns into success for Pitt

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  JHoff14

or get someone who can recruit

1 month ago

OR MAYBE… Get more NIL money to pa, like the Big10 and SEC!!!
1 month ago

Psu supposedly has good recruiters but can’t win big games. Four star players, but can’t even develop them. Horrible coaching.

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