Pitt landed a Quarterback commit in April. Regardless of stars or potential, when is the last time you could say that?
You’d have to go back five years to Thomas MacVitte (lately of the Kansas Jayhawks), who committed on March 26th, 2015.
Nate Yarnell hails from Texas, and the earliness of his commitment, make his something of a rarity for Pitt. Defensive back Erick Hallet is the only other Texan on the roster.
But pipelines don’t really matter when recruiting QB’s. This one was all Whipple, and he’s doing exactly what he was brought in to do: Build up the quarterback room.
So yes, Yarnell is a three-star 5.5, and yes, he’s only played six games in his high school career. But as a fan, you’ve got to think Whipple is pretty selective when it comes to QB’s. After all, he passed on all the second-and-third tier high school guys that were available to Pitt last season, then make Kenny Pickett throw the ball 400 times on a bad shoulder just so he could have a selling point (I’m kidding here…he needed Kenny to throw it 400 times because well…the running game). Then, of course, he ended up grabbing transfer Joey Yellen out of Arizona State.
What did Whipple see in Yarnell? Well I’m no expert, but looking at his highlight video I see… Continue reading “A Texas (Panther) Quarterback…and a Florida Protector”