Pitt’s first big official visit weekend is over, and head coach Pat Narduzzi has landed some commitments. He sent up five “Pat Signals” between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. That’s about one commit every six hours, which is not too shabby.
Four of the five commits have revealed themselves so far. All are three-stars. One is from Florida. One is from Georgia. One is from Ohio, and One is from New Jersey. None of this should come as a surprise. Pitt has clearly worked to diversify itself out of Pennsylvania and into the South. When the right coaches are in place, New Jersey has always been a fertile recruiting ground, and Ohio has traditionally been a Pitt recruiting stronghold (although oddly enough last year’s class did not contain a single Ohio native).
As for landing three-three stars, well, that should not be a surprise either. Since 2016 82% of Pat Narduzzi’s recruting classes have been three-star players. Like it or not, these are Pitt’s bread-and-butter.
Lets talk through the four commits that we know about. Follow link to access their Rivals profile.
- Bangally Kamara
- 6’2″ / 193
- 5.5 Rivals Rating
- Akron, OH
- Listed at safety but recruited to play linebacker
- 43rd ranked player in Ohio
- Chose Pitt over: PENN STATE, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Syracuse, Rutgers, Purdue, Maryland, Kentucky, Iowa State, Indiana
- For a players ranked in the lowest tier of three-star recruits, this guy sure got a lot of interest from a lot of big-time programs. His film shows silky-smooth athleticism and an explosive burst pretty much whenever he wants to turn it on. He also looks pretty disciplined out there. There are a couple of highlights of him staying home and really stuffing the run. Narduzzi and that staff have shown the ability to help guys like this put on 20+ lbs without losing much speed or athleticism. If they can do this with Karma he’ll have a great chance of over-indexing against his 5.5 Rivals rating. Kamara completey snubbed Penn State about one month ago, and the tool-bag that wrote the article about it didn’t even put Pitt in his consideration set. Yea Kamara may not be a four-star but the Duzz stole a sure thing out from under Franklin and that is A-OK with me.
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- Solomon DeShields
- 6’1″ / 210
- 5.7 Rivals Rating
- Millville, NJ
- 15th ranked player in NJ, 41st ranked Athlete in the country
- Chose Pitt over: Auburn, Iowa State, Kentucky, Oregon, Rutgers, VA Tech, WEST VIRGINIA
- I’ll tell you what, it sure is nice to beat out West Virginia. DeShields is listed as an athlete, but it sounds like Pitt likes him at linebacker. He is big, strong, fast and physical. His highlight reel appears to be something of a man-among-boys situation, but there is no denying his motor and his speed. He’s got hands to boot. To my relatively untrained eye, it appears DeShields could use a bit more discipline, but if Pitt can coach him up, he could make a heck of a Money linebacker.
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- Emmanuel Belgrave
- 6’3″ / 225
- Miami, FL
- Defensive End
- Unranked in Florida
- Chose Pitt over: Nebraska, Rutgers, Wake Forest
- Lean, but has long arms and fluid athleticism. Gets off the ball fast and stays low, which is probably why coach Partridge likes him. This is another guy that will probably have to spend a year or two at the training table, but if Pitt can get him to to 250 lbs, and he can develop his pass-rush skills, watch out.
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- Tee Denson
- 6’1″ / 175
- Atlanta, GA
- 134th ranked player in Georgia
- Chose Pitt over: Boston College, Kansas, Michigan State, Minnesota, Rutgers, 23 other schools.
- Good height but great length, Denson is another long-armed prospect. He’s Pitt’s second commit from the state of Georgia this season. If you count the PWO 2019 Running Back signed earlier this year, Denson will be Pitt’s third Georgia player, which means we are getting pretty close to pipeline status. Denson’s film doesn’t have many pass coverage highlights, but what did jump out at me was his willingness to tackle and his ability to track down a ballcarrier in the open field. You have to wonder if Denson wouldn’t make a good safety with a little extra weight.
Hail to Pitt