Friday, January 22, 2016

Jan. 22 Recruiting Update

Things are starting to get serious as signing day is just 12 days away and the Panthers are trying to end with a bang. Local star Damar Hamlin will be announcing on KDKA news on Feb. 1 eight after his official visit to Pitt. This weekend he (and Khaleke Hudson) is scheduled to visit Penn State, but we'll see if weather in PA changes that.

Speaking of weather, now 4-star Chicago DT is scheduled to visit Pitt this weekend. He's the only official visit listed though I'm sure the staff will have some local commits come in to help woo him. As long as he can make the trip with the impending snow situation (roughly 3-4" in Pittsburgh predicted at the moment), I think there's a pretty decent chance that Pitt can close the deal with him.

Florida WR Darnell Salomon was expected to visit Washington State on the weekend of the 29th, and fit Pitt in for a midweek visit before that, but he's now cancelled that visit out west and will visit Pitt on the 29th instead. He's visiting Temple this weekend and the Florida native probably won't be thrilled with the ton of snow they are about to receive. The weekend of the 29th at Pitt will be an impressive group (Hamlin and Hudson included), so you have to think the Panthers have a really good chance to land Salomon.  If they do then that means Pitt will have landed a 4-star QB, three 4-star WRs, and the former No. 1 TE prospect in the nation.

Cincinnati commit WR/DB K'von Wallace looks to be flipping and Pitt is looking good. He is also visiting next weekend and it looks like other than the Cincinnati official visit that he already took, Pitt will be his only other visit. Like Maurice Ffrench he could play WR or DB, and like Ffrench, if he committed to Pitt his position will be determined later. Wisely, the staff sometimes just wants to add great athletes, then worry about where they'll play later.

Pitt's first Junior Day is Feb. 6 and I expect some excellent prospects there. Unlike last year, the staff already has their meathooks into high level talent because they had a whole extra year to recruit them. That means the 2017 class may end up to be even better, and this one could end up being top 25 nationally.


  1. Guessing the big time visitor is Dioubate since he just cancelled his visit to MSU.

    1. This could be the best class in years...need to close now!

  2. Hope A. Donald gives him a call on his visit. Need beef in the middle to let these fast athletes in the back 7 shine. Narduzzi is a great coach and the word is out. Thankful he came in last year as, compared to this year, there were not that many big time coaching moves. If we can get another manchild in the middle, this D will be great, if not, the best.

  3. How refreshing it is to have an entire coaching staff of good to great recruiters ... Including the head coach too!

  4. Chris you said it in the beginning he will recuit and it's not as hard

  5. For the local kid looking at pitt or state pen .I said this before pitt will be in a conference championship I don't think state pen has a chance. Htp