I just talked to elite running back Shai McKenzie of Washington HS in Washington, PA, and he tells me that Pitt is recruiting him very hard and that he really loves that they are. I can't get into specifics because he doesn't really want to burn any bridges, but the Panthers are positioned very well with him now. McKenzie is currently on a visit to Ohio State but he says nobody compares to Pitt right now.
While it's still early, and things can always change, it's better to be ahead in the race than having to come from behind. The Panthers really need an heir apparent to Rushel Shell, who even though he's only a sophomore, is a father of twins, meaning if he has any chance at all to leave early for the NFL, he will almost assuredly take it. The 5'11" 210 pound McKenzie is one of the best running back recruits in the country and would make a great addition to the program.