Pitt landed three verbals yesterday and only one was announced. Today the other two made themselves known to the public. Maryland WR Jaden Bradley and Ohio OT Terrance Rankl have both announced that they are going to be Panthers in 2021.
Both are three stars. Here’s a look at Bradley
While he had twelve offers, only three were from power five schools. Pitt, Wake Forest and Virginia. Names like Morgan State, Towson, Georgetown (didn’t even know they had a team…) and Liberty should maybe give some of us pause, but maybe they were just on to the kid early?
Here’s the link to the highlight reel (sorry I just can’t seem to get these to embed)
Looks like he’s got some athleticism to him and good speed. Highlight reels aren’t going to show any dropped balls, but looks like decent hands. If you get far enough in you get to see him do some blocking and he seems good and physical. I believe I saw today that he played quarterback until this year, so he’s likely one of those raw recruits that could take a year or two to polish up.
And here is Rankl. Probably more telling than anything I can post is the PSN “Coachspeak” article on him. Of course these types of articles are always going to cast the player in a positive light, but one thing I noticed on Rankl’s highlight film was his quick feet. That’s something Pitt seems to lack in their OT’ right now and it’s a welcome sight for sure.
Offer analysis: 7 Power five offers including Pitt.
- AZ State – Odd they are recruiting Ohio
- Duke – Shows he’s a good student and checks the “probably can pass block” box.
- Iowa State – HC Matt Campbell been recruiting the WPIAL since the day he left Toledo. Fun fact: Campbell actually enrolled in Pitt on a football scholarship in 1998. He spent a year here and then transferred to DIII Mount Union and was a two-time DIII All American, while winning three DIII championships.
- Kentucky – Seems like Pitt and Kentucky battle for a lot of guys in Ohio. Pitt wins their fair share. For not being a football power, they’ve got a nice program going down there in Lexington.
- Purdue – Meh
- Vandy – Double Meh
Non P5’s were mostly MAC and above. Liberty did sneak in there as did William and Mary. But hey, I guess you can’t blame ’em for trying.
Lastly, there is also a fourth mystery recruit out there. I suspect he will reveal himself this weekend.
Hail to Pitt