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Pitt Jumps in Rivals Rankings After Mason Alexander Commitment

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Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt football made a major splash in the Class of 2025 with the commitment of four-star cornerback Mason Alexander on Wednesday morning.

The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect picked Pitt over Purdue, Wisconsin, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Auburn, West Virginia, Miami, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri.

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Rivals ranks Alexander as the 34th-best corner in the cycle and fifth-best player out of Indiana with a 5.8 rating. He also holds four-star rankings from 247Sports and On3.

Alexander becomes the 18th commitment for Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff after the Panthers added three-star linebacker Emmanuel Taylor, three-star offensive lineman Torian Chester, three-star wide receiver Kha’leal Taylor and three-star athlete Synkwan Smith during the final official visit weekend.

With the commitment of Alexander, Pitt has climbed in the Rivals team recruiting rankings from 31 to No. 27.

The Panthers sit ahead of Missouri, South Carolina and Mississippi State and now have 1,275 points in the database and an average star ranking of 2.89.

In the ACC, Pitt boasts the sixth-best recruiting class behind Clemson (13 commits), Georgia Tech (19 commits), Syracuse (25 commits), Duke (21 commits), Stanford (17 commits).

With Pitt’s 18 total commitments in the Class of 2025, here’s how they stack up according to Rivals.

Name Position Stars Rating
Mason Alexander Cornerback ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.8
Tony Kinsler Running Back ⭐⭐⭐ 5.7
Elijah Dotson Defensive Back ⭐⭐⭐ 5.7
Synkwan Smith Running Back ⭐⭐⭐ 5.7
Trevor Sommers Defensive End ⭐⭐⭐ 5.6
Mason Heintschel Quarterback ⭐⭐⭐ 5.6
Justin Thompson Linebacker ⭐⭐⭐ 5.6
Kha’leal Sterling Wide Receiver ⭐⭐⭐ 5.6
Bryce Yates Wide Receiver ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Shep Turk Offensive Lineman ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Max Hunt Tight End ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Ja’Kyrian Turner Wide Receiver ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Julian Anderson Athlete ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
DaMarion Fowlkes Wide Receiver ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Shawn Lee Athlete ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Torian Chester Offensive Lineman ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Emmanuel Taylor Wide Receiver ⭐⭐⭐ 5.5
Akram Elnagmi Offensive Tackle N/A 5.5

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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
21 days ago

MAJOR pickup. Let’s hope we can get him to campus and on the field.

Kowboygoc
Kowboygoc
21 days ago

H2P. Great get, now the hard parts comes with keeping them and coaching the kids up.. 👍

Eli
Eli
21 days ago

We need one or two more like Alexander!

Maz1960
Maz1960
21 days ago
Reply to  Eli

It appears from a DB perspective we are there. Dotson is coming to Pitt as a four star recruit. Recent portal transfer with four years of eligibility Anglin was also a four star recruit coming out of HS. In both cases the list of offering schools was impressive. The same can now be said about Alexander. One continued concern is with Partridge’s departure we are not seeing four star D-lineman. Now the new offensive staff need to up their game to a power four level.

Eli
Eli
21 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

For sure. We need to get back to bringing in 4 start wideouts like Mo Ffrench.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
21 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

We have been getting quality d lineman in the portal, and we currently have good talent depth at the position. We have to give the new defensive lineman coach an opportunity to build his status. Partridge bailed on us, we will be alright without him.

Last edited 21 days ago by katuracassells@gmail.com
Maz1960
Maz1960
20 days ago

All of what you said may be true, but there is no denying the impact Partridge had on bringing in four star recruits and in particular on the defensive line. It is yet to be seen if bis replacement can not just duplicate this success but surpass it. Definitely not regress.

Eli
Eli
21 days ago

What’s going on with Georgia Tech? They seem to be recruiting pretty well for a team that’s been struggling the past few years.

Section 122
Section 122
21 days ago
Reply to  Eli

A lot of tech company money in Atlanta. Someone is ponying up the cash for them recruits. Alliance 412 is nice and all but some companies/deep pocket individuals are where the big money for recruits is at.

Eli
Eli
21 days ago
Reply to  Section 122

Harumph.

Rob
Rob
21 days ago

It’s obvious quantity plays a big roll in these rankings. FL St. has 5 4-stars and 1 5-star, but since they only have six total recruits, they sit at 11th which is comical.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
21 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Clemson has 10 four star players. FSU recruits players that commit late. Clemson develops early relationships and gets their guys to commit in June. Dabo has maintained an elite program. FSU is not as stable. Obviously, they have the cache and they have a fertile recruiting area, but Clemson has a more stable and elite program.

Rob
Rob
21 days ago

If you are looking at average star ranking, Pitt is 14th.

Menotyou
Menotyou
21 days ago
Reply to  Rob

Ummm, this looks like a class of majority low 3 stars. What do you mean?

sean
sean
21 days ago

Yes as in total points because they have more recruits then others right now.
The REAL Stat is AVG star rating. And ee are horrible like always

Ryan Scholato
Ryan Scholato
21 days ago
Reply to  sean

Rivials is horrendous to go by. They have a tendency to rate the kids that go to their camps higher than kids who don’t participate in their camps. Unlike 247 and ON3.

Ryan Scholato
Ryan Scholato
21 days ago

Notice who didn’t pursue him. The school with one of the best DB rooms In the nation. PSU. I guess someone’s trash is an others treasure. Great job Pitt up to number 6!! In the ACC. Really? Glad I am not a fan. Gotta be hard to act like you have a football team or act like they have a chance to do anything. For all of you, there is a school north of here that is currently ranked 6th in the nation, not their conference. Come watch it’s fun to actually get some big time commits.

Last edited 21 days ago by Ryan Scholato
Dan zajac
Dan zajac
20 days ago
Reply to  Ryan Scholato

Intil they play the maize and blue….go blue

Maz1960
Maz1960
19 days ago
Reply to  Ryan Scholato

Consider these facts. In his time at Penn State, Franklin has a combined 4-16 against Ohio State and Michigan, with a 1-9 record against the Buckeyes and a 3-7 mark against the Wolverines. You can also ad in his 5-5 record against Michigan State. My question for you is this; how can Penn State have one of the best recruiting classes each year, but be a second tier program in their own conference? Help me understand. Are the players over ranked, or are the coaches poor coaching with such high level talent?

Ryan Scholato
Ryan Scholato
18 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

They don’t play in the ACC. That simple.

Ryan Scholato
Ryan Scholato
18 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

Penn st averages a top 15 class every year which is great. The problem is ohio st and Michigan also do. Well ohio st top 5 average. Now Oregon and USC. Look at the blue chip ratio. ACC has 2 teams In the top 16 and the BIG ten has 5 with Ohio St at number one. So let’s talk about the overrated comment. If you finish with a top 15 recruiting class you should probably finish in the top 15 every year mad Franklin does that. So to be considered overrated whe. So Franklin is coaching the talent he… Read more »

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