Here’s an article by our good friend Ike on future recruiting by the staff…
Here’s a quick look at PITT’s 2019 recruiting strategy.
In an attempt to get away from some family issues that have cropped up, I went over to PITT’s recruit offer list just to check it out and found a few interesting facts that surprised me and at the same time didn’t take me all that off guard. Seems that HCPN has quickened his recruiting targets from PA to a generally speaking, east of the Mississippi River territory. I think we all realize that WPA has practically fallen off the cherished recruiting hotbed list but, man oh man, I didn’t think 2019 would be this shallow of talent.
Let me back up a moment, my rough count has PITT extending something a little less than 165 total outstanding offers at this point in time. This blows my mind a bit but proves the theory that all the offers are not commit-able at first glance. This is just a rough look at what is going on right now on the PITT recruiting front. “Wasting Time” in other words. I could play the Dave Mathews video but I’ll spare you all that.
(Editor’s note: for the 2018 class we put out 292 offers; for 2017 it was 268… so we will throw out a lot more once the 2018 HS football season starts.)
I considered the WPIAL from the rest of PA as two separate entities as I just don’t think eastern PA is a major target for PITT recruiting. The WPIAL is. Ready for the offer list for WPIAL? Answer … three (3). That’s it for right now.
I feel this is real bad for PITT’s next years recruiting class. Jayvon Thrift, Andrew Kristofic. and Joey Porter Jr are the three offered o far and all three are 3* kids. I do like all three of the players and hope they come on board as I think they are quality recruits. Have to mention that PITT and Narduzzi have to keep up local recruiting ties with the younger players and with the local high school coaches. BTW, I believe Kristofic is a legacy recruit.
That leaves the rest of PA as having a total of 13 more players including Kyri Wright from Farrel HS who, for whatever reason, is not a part of the WPIAL. I do remember going to a high school football game up there and it was quite a ride in the snow back in the Eddie McClusky days. So where that leave PA in numbers across the board in terms of total recruits? Well, PA ranks 3rd. There is really no surprise in the Top 4.
4. New Jersey with 12
3. PA with 16
2. Ohio with 21
1. Ready for this? Florida with 46 That’s right, 46 offers to Florida high school football players. I can’t say what the numbers looked like in years past but that seems real high to me. (Note: in 2017 we offered a total of 70 Florida recruits)
Another surprise to me is Michigan with 12 followed by Maryland with 11 and Georgia with nine. We will see which players commit or not but it looks like Narduzzi has expanded PITT’s recruiting territory to nationwide. This is also punctuated by seven offers to the state of California and four to the DC area. I’ll also spare you guys from the ZZ Top song “Nationwide”.
Finishing up, a look at the star power of these offers. Of the total, two are 5* young men. Devyn Ford from VA and Chris Steele from Cali. Looks like around 70 4* offers are out there around the country with only 4 being from the state of Pa and none from the WPIAL.
The reason I bring up the 4* offers is that last year there was a big uproar on the lack of PITT recruiting a 4* player until the last day and also the question of how many 4* players offer that PITT supposedly “missed on”. It seems at the rate of offers put out compared to scholarships available we should all plan on PITT missing out on a lot more 4*’s this coming year.
The point of this comment is….. ??… Ike