Editor’s Note: I had originally planned to do a more in-depth analysis on the class, but I have an 18 month old and a job and so this will have to wait. I’ll plan on publishing it sometime between Christmas and New Years when there is some down time. In the meantime have a look at Pat Narduzzi’s presser and feel free to weigh in.
There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about this class already. Narduzzi, as he is known to do, said a lot in his press conference yesterday afternoon. He said they are building depth. He said they are bringing in better athletes. He said some guys could probably switch position.
Something interesting that I don’t think we’ve heard from him before, is that there are three different groups that work with strength coach Dave Andrews.
There is the “Power” group, and that is the big linemen, both offensive and defensive. Pitt brought in seven of those.
There is the “Big Skill” group, which includes Quarterback (and what else?). Narduzzi said Pitt brought in five of those.
There is also the “Skill” Group, which Narduzzi mentions includes Tight Ends and Linebackers. Bigger guys who can run. Pitt signed six of those.
Narduzzi mentioned the geographical breakdown. Four from PA, Five from Florida. A couple of kids from Canada.
He mentioned that 17 of the 18 signees were team captains. Six were state champions.
He gave props to the recruiting office. He gave props to the academic staff. He gave props to Andre Powell for being from South Carolina and opening up that state. He gave props to Shawn Watson for recruiting (four star QB) Davis Beville.
He talked about each one of the recruits.
He took a veiled shot at Penn State (ostensibly), and covered his hind-end on the whole Nick Malone thing.
“I consider the whole state of Pennsylvania is my message out there is we go slow. I am not going to offer guys early in this area and try to pull out on them. I just don’t want to do it. So we’re always going to take our time in this area because too often people offer kids and then they back up and you never hear from them again. That’s not going to happen here. At least we sure hope it’s not going to happen. Sometimes things happen, but we want to offer those guys and we want them.”
He answered questions. He acknowledged that Pitt is not Clemson, and threw out the obligatory remark about five stars.
“But we’re going to recruit the guys we’re capable of recruiting. We’re not going to whine if we don’t get a five-star. There are a lot of five stars that we love. There are a lot of five stars that we don’t love, and we’re like see you later, not good enough and there are a lot of things you don’t like about them. I like those hungry guys.”
All in all we’ve learned that you have to take everything that Pat Narduzzi says with a grain a salt. And yet, he’s also shown that in many cases there is a grain of truth buried in all that hyperbole. (See you in Charlotte anyone?) And while I am guarding my expectations, it’s hard not to be a little bit excited.