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Taking Stock of Pitt Class of 2026 Quarterback Options

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While Pitt football has been consumed by its efforts to recruit and secure commitments in the Class of 2025, other programs are balancing that priority, along with taking another step in the future.

Some might see it as too early for recruits to pledge their commitment in the Class of 2026, but those dominoes are already starting to fall.

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It’s certainly few and far between at this point on players committing before their junior seasons, but there has already been a significant chunk of quarterbacks already off the board in 2026, and for Pitt, one of its top targets.

In-state three-star quarterback Gavin Sidwar announced his commitment to Rutgers on Monday, via X.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound pro-style signal caller was atop Pitt’s board and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kade Bell was making his impressions felt in the Sidwar camp.

“When coaches were allowed back in high schools, coach Bell was the first one to visit me. He told me I was at the top of their board, and I was the first QB he was visiting in my class,” Sidwar told Pittsburgh Sports Now in June.

Quarterbacks are often the foundation of a recruiting class and the La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pa. product appeared to be an optimal option for the Panthers.

However, Sidwar was already leaning in favor of Rutgers and it didn’t take long for him to announce his commitment to the Scarlet Knights.

“Rutgers is in my backyard. It’s 41 miles away from my house. I’ve developed a good relationship with coach Schiano and coach Ciarrocca. The entire staff is accommodating and they’ve made me feel like a priority,” Sidwar further told PSN.

Sidwar is one of seven 2026 quarterbacks offered by Pitt that have already committed elsewhere:

  • Five-star California product ➡️ Florida State
  • Four-star Tennessee product Jared Curtis ➡️ Georgia
  • Four-star Florida product Will Griffin ➡️ Florida
  • Four-star Florida product Noah Grubbs ➡️ Notre Dame
  • Four-star Florida product Brady Hart ➡️ Michigan
  • Four-star Florida product Dia Bell ➡️ Texas

Of course its still early and a lot of those prospects were unlikely to even consider Pitt, but two of the Panthers’ rivals have already locked in their quarterbacks of the future and neither happened to hold an offer from Pitt.

Four-star Brodie McWhorter from Kingston, Ga. committed to West Virginia on June 24 and was followed by four-star Troy Huhn out of San Marcos, Calif. announcing his commitment to Penn State on June 25. The two pro-style quarterbacks were ranked No. 9 and No. 7, respectively, according to Rivals.

While Pitt is in no rush to capture its quarterback in the next cycle, it may be time to start considering the options that Pitt has available.

As always, its important to keep tabs on in-state targets, and with Sidwar unavailable, its now all eyes on three-star Semaj Beals.

Pitt was the first Power 4 school to offer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect back in March of 2023. Since then, programs such as Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Ohio State, USC, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Maryland, WVU and others have all extended offers.

Some other quarterback names to consider in the Class of 2026:

  • Three-star Mason Mallory out of Boca Raton, Fla. (Pitt was first P4 offer and staff continues to reach out)
  • Three-star Hugh Price out of Nashville, Tenn. (Pitt was first offer)
  • Three-star Deagan Rose out of Clovis, Calif. (Pitt was first offer & camped at Pitt on 6/17/23)
  • Three-star Romin Seymour out of Sienna Plantation, Texas (Pitt staff continues to reach out)
  • Three-star Briggs Cherry out of Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Three-star Jackson Debe out of Charlotte, N.C.
  • Three-star Sabby Meassick out of Kissimmee, Fla.
  • Three-star Derek Zammit out of Wayne, N.J.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
16 days ago

The way Duzz has handled QB’s since KP left…why would a dad send his kid to pitt?

Fjb
Fjb
16 days ago

To keep his son away from the pedophiles of PSU.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
16 days ago

Pitt’s offense has been bad since Whipple was ran off.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
16 days ago

Bell has some work to do and needs to show success before kids will sign on to his system. The guy comes from D2 and has never coordinated at this level.

There is no reason Pitt shouldn’t eventually get a 4-star QB, but with the way Pat has handled the offense the past few seasons, I understand any trepidation in going to Pitt.

Marty
Marty
15 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

The program has become stale. I just don’t think Narduzzi is equipped in the paid players era. He’d be much more comfortable at a d2 or d3 school where it’s basically still amateur sports. He’s just a fossil that doesn’t like change and is incredibly stubborn. He’ll gladly keep trying to stick square peg into a round hole if Pitt allows him to. That’s why I call him Fred Flinstone until the prehistoric coach learns to adapt he’s Coach Flinstone to me.

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