This is obviously a very fluid list, but here is who the new Pitt staff is showing interest in for this class and beyond so far.
Quarterback: With Alex Hornibrook de-committed, the Panthers are in pursuit of at least one quarterback. I suspect that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will go all out for a big time quarterback in '16, but for now he's trying to add depth with somebody that also has a chance to develop into a possible starter down the road. The Quad A state player of the year Ben DiNucci is the player that many have wondered about for months. He's 6'3" so he's big enough, he has amazing accuracy and touch, and he's been unbelievably productive against some of the best talent in high school. Offensive coordinate Jim Chaney worked him out yesterday and then offered him. Even though he is committed to Penn he will visit the Panthers soon. Other than DiNucci, no other quarterbacks have been made public yet but it's safe to say that Chaney is looking at others.
Running Back: The unit is pretty loaded right now so it's not surprising that the staff hasn't been looking at anybody- at least that we know of. In the '16 class, I suspect the staff will try for a big timer. Those kinds of running backs want to start right away and Pitt could sell them on taking over for James Conner, who presumably will go to the NFL after next year. Of course Chris James and Darrin Hall are still on the roster but they won't be returning starters so a new running back can be convinced that he can start right away.
As for '16, one of the first players that Narduzzi followed on Twitter was Woodland Hills star Miles Sanders, but Sanders seems to be obsessed with Penn State, who he committed to many months ago. But the Nittany Lions are loading up on elite running backs, so you never know if he may want to look around. His high school teammate, Jo-El Shaw, was offered by the previous staff, and I'm guessing that he will be offered by the new staff, too. He's already built like an NFL player and could be a very good addition. Aliquippa's Kaezon Pugh is a big time talent and I personally always thought that he would end up at Pitt. With the new staff I am even more confident of it. He could also project as a linebacker so it will be interesting to see which way he goes.
Wide Receiver: Adonis Jennings recently transferred and outside of Tyler Boyd, who will probably go the the NFL after next season, there are a lot of question marks. The Panthers recently offered 6'3" 215 pound Tavin Richardson of South Carolina, and are interested in 6'1" 175 pound Dallas native Kedarian Jones. Neither are speed demons but Richardson has great size and Jones catches everything in sight, many of them in an acrobatic fashion. Today the Panthers offered Florida Atlantic commit Jawuan Harris, who at 5'10" and 185 pounds is a slot receiver.
In 2016 the staff will need to add a big time wide receivers class, and that may include Clairton big receiver Aaron Matthews. I'd be very surprised of the Panthers don't eventually land him. CJ Riley of Florida is another 6'4" receiver that the Panthers will target.
Tight End: As long as Nate Bowers stays with his Pitt commitment the unit will be good for the foreseeable future, but expect the staff to try to add another big timer in '16 even if Bowers sticks. If he doesn't stick then it will obviously be much more important. Look for Woodland Hills TE Stephen Puhl to be a big target in '16.
Offensive Line: This is a pretty loaded unit for the staff at the moment, so much so that the new staff turned their back on former recruit Rob Dowdy, who has major offers. New offensive line coach John Peterson started following local prospect Tyler Hudanick, even though he recently committed to Central Florida. Hudanick is a mauler who I've also liked so we will see if Pitt tries a late steal with him.
In 2016, local Brandon Ford should be a target and in 2017 Josh Lugg of North Allegheny and Robert Hainsey of Gateway will be huge targets. Narduzzi already follows Lugg and Hainsey on twitter.
Defensive Line: Showing that the new staff gets it, this is one of the more suspect units on the team and they are hitting it hard in recruiting. Philadelphia defensive end Shareef Miller is the big prize this year and the Panthers have to battle Penn State, Arizona State, and Florida to get him. He visited under the previous staff, and he loved Pitt, but he tends to love everywhere he goes so it's hard to tell exactly where Pitt stands. He also said great things about the new staff and has met new defensive line coach Tom Sims, who he really likes, and today he is scheduled to meet Narduzzi.
Purdue commit Eddy Wilson was recruited to the Boilermakers by new Pitt WR coach Kevin Sherman so a switch to the Panthers may be in the cards. At 6'4" and 265 pounds, the tackle is very quick and aggressive. So is Florida native Brian Bembry, who new defensive coordinator Josh Conklin was recruiting at FIU. He has not committed to anybody and will visit Pittsburgh soon.
The staff will also check out big Aliquippa defensive tackle Arrington Gipson, who at 6'3" and 300 pounds certainly has the size. Florida native Shawn Curtis has good size at 6'3" and 250 pounds, and he recently visited the Panthers. He was recruited previously by both the past Pitt staff and Conklin and Hardy at FIU. He is being recruited as an end.
In 2016, the Panthers will be all over two elite national recruits in 6'4" 240 pound Khalid Kareem, and 6'1" 250 pound Malik Barrow. Kareem is from Michigan and he recently visited Pittsburgh. The Pitt staff wants him very much. The same goes with the Florida native, Barrow. Expect the staff to go all out on both.
Inside the state, 6'4" 250 pound Philadelphia end Karamo Dioubate will be a national recruit and while the new staff hasn't been connected to him yet, consider it a sure thing that they will go after him hard.
At tackle, 6'3" 280 pound Ohio native Jake Saunders already holds a new offer from the Pitt staff and his aggressiveness falls in line with what Narduzzi is clearly looking for.
Linebacker: This is another unit that needs an influx of top talent, and luckily for the Panthers I see new LB coach Rob Harley as a potential ace recruiter. The unit can get better in a real hurry if they can land 6'2" 200 pound Ohio native Anthony McKee, and 6'2" 205 pound New Jersey native Salem Brightwell. Both will be hard gets because the competition is tough, and both may beed a year to get bigger and stronger, but both also have a lot of potential because they can fly. Another offer just today went out to 6'2" 205 pound Florida linebacker Adrienne Talan who originally committed to Oregon State, but opened up his recruitment again after Mike Riley went to Nebraska.
In 2016, expect Harley to try for the best linebackers he can get. Kentucky commit Roland Walder is somebody that Pitt may try to flip. Ohio linebacker Griffin Grady is only 6'2" and 200 pounds but he's a tough football player. The previous staff offered him but the new staff appears to be interested, too.
Defensive Backs: The new staff is adding to this unit a lot since the new defense will require a special kind of cornerback. One of the better ones the new staff has gotten involved with is 6'1" 185 pound Florida cornerback Kenyatta Anderson. He has the size, speed, and tenacity to fit in very well in Narduzzi's defense. Another Florida corner, Trenard Davis, also has good athleticism and 6'0" 190 pound size.
At safety, PA stars Jay Stocker and Johnny Petrishen have been involved with Pitt all year, and the new staff has continued to put the full court press on both. If the Panthers can land both, that would be huge for the position. Syracuse commit Marquise Blair is somebody that the staff appears to be trying to flip.
Two locals, cornerback Damar Hamlin, and safety Khaleke Hudson, will be major Panther targets in 2016, and of course in 2017 there is cornerback Lamont Wade and safety Paris Ford. With Conklin coaching safeties, former longtime NFL cornerback Renaldo Hill coaching the corners, and Narduzzi a defensive backs master, this unit has the potential to be amazing if they simply keep the locals at home.