Pitt is probable leader:
Aaron Mathews, WR- I have no idea why he is not getting more offers, but then again Tyler Boyd didn't get the offers he deserved either. The word with Mathews is that he's not a blazer but as he showed against top competition at camps this summer, nobody can seem to stop him.
Bricen Garner, S- Pitt is his best offer right now and from what I can tell, the Panthers are a big leader at the moment. But the staff are looking at a lot of talented defensive backs so he better not wait too long.
Kaezon Pugh, LB/RB- I know there was a lot of talk early that West Virginia was his favorite but if you follow me you know I didn't agree with that. As is often the case, an inferior choice comes on strong early, but eventually a top prospect usually makes the most obvious choice. Pugh is close with Dravon Henry at WVU, but he knows even more people at Pitt.
Josh Lugg, OT (2017)- He already has excellent offers, and will get many more, but the Panthers appear to be the obvious leader.
Pitt is among the leaders:
Miles Sanders, RB- I would never predict an elite prospect to switch from the current Penn State staff to anywhere else because that staff is very strong in recruiting. But Sanders is wavering much more than he leads on and Pitt is among those he's looking at. If there is a mass commitment from WPIAL stars, and Pitt has a quality season, the odds will go up.
Therran Coleman, CB- For a City League kid he's not the sure thing you'd expect. Wisconsin could be a major player. This is another player that may be swayed if other WPIAL players commit to the Panthers but if he sees Jordan Whitehead and Damar Hamlin on the Panthers roster he may feel he'd be better off elsewhere.
Damar Hamlin, CB- When many had him pencilled in for Penn State and then Ohio State, I was saying that Pitt is a major player. Now it's apparent that the Panthers are indeed among the favorites, and possibly even the favorite. In fact, if I was told that Hamlin was committing today I would go ahead and guess Pitt. But the Panthers will have to keep the heat on, and do well on the field.
Khaleke Hudson, S/RB- This is another player where people wrote off Pitt, but the Panthers are in the thick of it, especially if Hamlin commits. It would be a huge coup to get not only a McKeesport player, but the best one in many years.
Rashad Wheeler, DT- Yet another one that was written off, this time to Penn State. He's always liked Pitt, and he liked them even more after camping with them recently. It will definitely be a Pitt/Penn State battle and it's probably 50/50 right now.
CJ Thorpe, OT (2017)- A Penn State legacy so they may be the favorite, but the Panthers made an impression on him. It would be a real coup if they could steal him. As of now it's possible.
Donovan Jeter, DT (2017)- Another probable Pitt/PSU battle, though things would be even more interesting if Ohio State offers. The brother of Sheldon Jeter, and he likes Pitt and the staff a lot.
David Adams, LB (2017)- Was high on Penn State early but the Panthers have made up a lot of ground. Has stated that he definitely wants to play with Paris Ford, so that's good news for Pitt perhaps. If the Panthers land teammates Hamlin and Wheeler then the chances are even better.
Paris Ford, S (2017)- I've always had him going to Pitt in my mind, and if I had to pick today that would be the choice. He's one of the lynchpins to get a mass WPIAL commitment, and I feel that's good news for Pitt.
Lamont Wade, CB (2017)- This one is very interesting. By the time he could commit to Pitt, the cornerback position for the Panthers could be loaded but then again the same could be said for Ohio State and Penn State, who I would say is the other main options. He likes Pitt a lot but he's enjoying the attention of big time programs so this could go either way.
Pitt is a long shot:
Robert Hainsey, OT (2017)- An elite player that seems to be very pro-Penn State, and doesn't talk about Pitt.