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Pitt Lands in Top Five for 3-Star Texas Prospect

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Pitt athlete target Sentel Simpson

Pitt is in a battle to lure a three-star talent out of the state of Texas and the Panthers will have to fend off four in-state programs to land the Lone Star State native.

Sentel Simpson – a 6-foot-4, 185-pound athlete from Panther Creek High School in Frisco, Tx. – announced that Pitt is one of five schools vying for his commitment on Thursday, along with UTSA, UTEP, Sam Houston State and Texas State.

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With Pitt being the lone Power Four representative in that group, the Panthers have made a strong impression on Simpson.

“I admire Pittsburgh’s culture and tradition that they carry and I will one day hope to become part of that,” Simpson told Pittsburgh Sports Now.

Pitt is targeting Simpson as a running back with special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Jacob Bronowski heading his recruitment.

“The relationship with coach Bronowski and coach Narduzzi has been beyond amazing,” Simpson said.

The Panthers’ coaching staff has unveiled what it would be like for Simpson to play at Pitt.

“A great education, playing in an amazing city and top-notch facilities for me to work on my craft,” Simpson said.

While Simpson has yet to visit Pitt, he hopes to make a trip soon, he further told PSN.

With a decision date still to be determined, Simpson acknowledges that Pitt has a “50/50” shot to land him.

Even though Pitt seems to be in good company with Simpson, he has made recent visits to some of his other top schools. He made a stop at Sam Houston on Thursday and at Texas State and UTSA in early June.

If the Panthers are to land Simpson, they would be adding a versatile playmaker, who put up an impressive junior season. But with two running backs in the class, it remains to be seen whether he would be a take at this point.

This past fall, Simpson posted 128 carries for 675 yards and 13 touchdowns, while hauling in 10 receptions for 149 yards.

Simpson holds an 87 rating from 247Sports as the 110th-rated player out of Texas in the Class of 2025

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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago

“UTSA, UTEP, Sam Houston State and Texas State.”

If Pat can’t beat out these guys, well, you gotta tell him to just give up.

Wow. This is pathetic.

Bob
Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

Do we want him to beat out these schools for this kid? Maybe he should go to UTSA

Jane
Jane
1 month ago

It’s really not looking good for the Panthers. Maybe it’s just a transition of losing all the coaches last year on offense.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

We are taking what we can get at this point.

412fanatic
412fanatic
29 days ago

Ok firstly, 6’4″ 185lb running back sounds absolutely crazy!

Secondly, This is what I call over recruiting a state! They say Texas football is different but it cant be that different lol but…

Thirdly, who knows, maybe they think if this kid played in the WPIAL or somewhere else, against what they may consider lesser comp, he dominates and he would garner more attention!

Fourthly, im reaching lol this a head scratcher even for me!

Maz1960
Maz1960
29 days ago
Reply to  412fanatic

I am finding myself to be in full agreement with 412. I want to be excited for the recruits and the direction that Pitt is headed but am finding myself seriously concerned. I understand the need to turnover the offensive staff. I understand why Narduzzi went to a FCS level coordinator and promoted him to a power four school. Here is my concern. Kade Bell is recruiting players that he would be glad to get at Western Carolina. He and his new staff need to recruit to where they are and not where they were. Although we needed a change… Read more »

Giovanni
Giovanni
29 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

Well said. The only way this system of landing low-rated recruits works to accomplish the stated goal of winning the ACC, is if Bell/O-coaches prove to be consistently superior at assessing kids who are true sleepers (the Defense appears to have recruited fairly well). Accomplishing such is not probable thus the skepticism expressed on these boards is understandable. At least for now, it seems we need a top coaching staff that is able to recruit at the highest level — like what has been accomplished by Pitt’s men’s soccer and women’s volley ball teams (landed the #1 Setter in the… Read more »

Maz1960
Maz1960
29 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

I think you are right on the mark with your assessment. The question remains, can Bell and his offensive staff take three stars (and in many cases low level three’s or in some cases projects) and assemble a winning power four program. Maybe I shouldn’t doubt what hasn’t been proven but I agree with your wording of “skeptical” in assessing the expected results. I hope Bell proves our skepticism wrong. I did look at the four star recruits in PA during 2018-2023. There were a total of 46 four star recruits. 70% are coming from the WPIAL, including the Pittsburgh… Read more »

Giovanni
Giovanni
29 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

Good stats. Thanks for sharing. At the end of the day, the Head Coach owns the responsibility for the overall performance of the program so, ultimately, high integrity or not, he’ll ultimately be held accountable by an AD who cares (Heather Lyke has proven that she cares). Unfortunately, now the Golden Panthers (412/NIL) has to care enough al$o. Hoping that Bell proves to be an exceptional OC talent and thus finds a way to produce an effective offense of 2 & 3 stars that can compete well against the best ACC defenses and, if so, that he doesn’t get poached.

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