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Team Recruiting Rankings After Pitt’s Trio of Commitments

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Pitt football ended a solid recruiting month of June with 18 commitments. It took just one day into July for the Panthers to secure a trifecta of top targets, improving their total to 21 in the Class of 2025.

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Heading into Monday, the Panthers had an opportunity to land three targets that were announcing their decisions and they did just that. Three-star defensive back Cole Woodson, three-star athlete Joshua Guerrier and three-star linebacker Denim Cook all verbally announced their commitment to Pitt.

Rivals

Prior to the three fresh commitments, Pitt ranked No. 27 in the Rivals team recruiting rankings. Now, the Panthers have slid to No. 26 with 1,425 points and a 2.9 average star rating. They sit ahead of Oklahoma State (18 commits), Arizona State (18 commits), Stanford (18 commits) and Texas Tech (18 commits).

In the ACC, Pitt still holds onto the sixth-best class in front of Stanford, Florida State (9 commits) and Boston College (18 commits).

247Sports

The 247Sports database has tracked 20 commitments for Pitt, with three-star linebacker Emmanuel Taylor yet to be added to that list. However, as it stands, Pitt has also jumped in the overall team recruiting rankings to No. 32 with 193.83 points.

Pitt sits ahead of Arizona State (18 commits), Missouri (12 commits) and Mississippi State (17 commits). In conference, Pitt has the seventh-best class behind Syracuse (27 commits) and in front of Florida State, SMU (14 commits) and Virginia Tech (14 commits).

The Panthers have one four-star according to 247 and that comes from Elijah Dotson with a 90 overall rating. They also boast a handful of high three-stars in DaMarion Fowlkes with an 89 rating, along with Shep Turk, Bryce Yates, Synkwan Smith and Cole Woodson all pulling in 88 ratings.

On3

On3 also tracks Pitt with 20 commitments, with offensive lineman Torian Chester yet to be added. With those 20 recruits, Pitt holds the 41st-best class in the country with a score of 86.446.

The Panthers are ahead of Minnesota (22 commits), Syracuse and Houston (16 commits) in the overall rankings. Within the ACC, Pitt in No. 9 behind Duke (23 commits) and ahead of Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

According to On3’s rankings, Pitt holds two four-star recruits in their class in defensive backs Elijah Dotson (89.45) and Mason Alexander (89.32).

While Pitt sits comfortably in the Class of 2025, there is still room to improve. However, there’s a likelihood that Pitt will fall in the rankings over the next few months as programs land more recruits.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Eric payne
Eric payne
12 days ago

This article proves that recruiting rankings mean NOTHING. Let see the REAL results on the field in wins and losses. Warning, SMU is coming into the league locked and loaded. They are bring cash and they mean business.

Marty
Marty
12 days ago
Reply to  Eric payne

You’re right on SMU. The pony express is back in business. Pitt on the other hand is heading the wrong way. The only way I see being wrong with that statement is if somehow the new OC works a Christmas miracle out offensively. I like Bell but I don’t think having a team loaded with 5ft 7 170 pound players is ideal you need big imposing players to compliment scat backs/undersized slots. I can’t think of one imposing WR on the roster.

sean
sean
12 days ago

It doesn’t mean anything the “overall” points. It’s the “average” and Pitt still stinks
Can’t even land a average above 3 star. How sad

GDM
GDM
12 days ago

Just keep working…same thing every year yet somehow we manage to be OK every now and then and put more guys in pros than most other programs.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
12 days ago
Reply to  GDM

if have so many NFL players why do you settle for 6 wins a year? Duzz is an awful game day coach

Marty
Marty
12 days ago
Reply to  GDM

We massively under achieve for the number of the nfl players we were putting into the league during the good years. If Pitt didn’t win the ACC running an offense Narduzzi hated he’d already be long gone. Pitt won not because of Fred Flinstone but in spite of him. Now look he fired whipple fell right on face and then was forced to hire Bell. That was never his idea but he’ll surely take all the credit if he does well. We’d be better off with a high school janitor running the team than Narduzzi. 🤷🏻‍♂️He’s ranked one of the… Read more »

Last edited 12 days ago by Marty
Craig
Craig
11 days ago
Reply to  Marty

They won the ACC championship game because of their defense. KP and the offense were not good that game (with the exception of the fake slide). But still I agree the offense was great that year as a whole…. But Coach Duzz needs to be a HC and give his OC some better oversight and guidance for him to survive as a HC. This new offensive staff appears to be straight from a 1AA program and will need proper guidance to adjust to 1A football

Pittband
Pittband
9 days ago
Reply to  Craig

Scoring twice as many points as your opponent typically wins the game, Pitt 42 WF 21. Sat behind the family of Randy Bates during the game. Narduzzi took over the defense after WF’s 21 point first quarter. They didn’t say much.

Pittband
Pittband
9 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Fired Whipple? As I remember he took a pay cut of wrong. Doubled his salary to go to Nebraska where his offense was offensive to Nebraska faithful.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
12 days ago

2.9 average…oooof

Pittband
Pittband
11 days ago

All this hubbub about recruits. If you could see what Franklin is and has been paying for recruits, you would be under impressed (as are most of the PS faithful). The fact of the matter is this, Pitt athletics gets a pretty good return for the money available. We DON’T have the wherewithal to compete with the Big Ten and SEC schools. Period.

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