Pitt received their 16th verbal last night, shortly after they received their 15th verbal earlier in the day.
Khalil Anderson is a 5.5 three-star on rivals and hails from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s the second Georgia commit so far in the 2021 class and the fifth overall in the last two years.
Khalil has 16 total offers, and they are almost evenly split between Power 5 and Group of 5. Lets have a look:
Power 5 offers (7):
- Duke – Shows he’s got the brains
- Kansas – Les Miles keeps trying to tap the south. I wonder how much success he’s having?
- Kansas State – Flipped a GA recruit from Pitt last year. I would expect that to be the exception rather than the rule. Just can’t see the draw of Manhattan, Kansas.
- Michigan State – What the heck are they doing down here?
- Syracuse – Nice try fellas.
- Wake Forest – Second recruit in two hours that Pitt beat Wake on (you can say the same about Syracuse too)
- Pitt – Alle-genee-Alle-genee-genac-genac-genac!
Non Power 5 offers (9):
- Akron – MAC school? Box Checked.
- Appalachian State – Nice little program they run up in Boone
- Coastal Carolina – Anyone surprised?
- Liberty – Yup
- Middle Tennessee State – Meh
- South Alabama – Meh
- Tennessee State – HBCU that boasts 11 Black College national championships, the most recent in 1982. However they finished just 7th in the Ohio Valley Conference last year, with a record of 3-9.
- Troy – Neal Brown used to coach here and posted 3 straight 10-win seasons (out of four total). He now coaches at West Virginia and should just about be rounding them into form when they face Pitt.
- Tulane – You know as a parent, I’m not sure I’d want my child to go to college in New Orleans because how much studying would they really get done? Great place to visit for a bowl game though or a weekend for sure.
While Anderson has a pretty sold list of Power 5 offers, he’s definitely more of an under the radar recruit. That may be because he has less-than-ideal size at 5’10” 175. If you take a look at his film he has athleticism to burn though and plays bigger than his listed size. He also seems to have a nose for the ball, so you can see why Pitt likes him.
Welcome to Pitt Mr. Anderson. May you develop into the impact player we all know you can be.
Also, before I sign off here. I wanted to take a minute to break down the current recruiting class by position.
DB: 4 (including Anderson who is listed as an “Athlete”). Developmental / “Diamond in the Rough” class here. Three 5.5’s and a 5.4. The staff seems to be going for size, with three DB’s checking in at 6’0″ or more.
DE: 2 – One is four-star Nahki Johnson though. The other one is two-star Hampton, VA recruit Trevion Stevenson who is listed as a linebacker.
DT: 0 – This is somewhat surprising, although the DT room is pretty deep. I’d think they sign at least one developmental guy though.
LB: 1 – Preston Lavant from Georgia. Three star 5.5 but reminds me a lot of Kylan Johnson. I would be surprised if they don’t target at least one more linebacker for this class.
OL: 4 – When is the last time Pitt has four offensive lineman commits prior to June 15th? Probably never. We are talking a 5.4, two 5.5’s and one 5.7 here, but OL development is an arcane science. I would like them to pick up one more, even if he’s just a developmental guy.
QB: 1 – Nate Yarnell out of Austin, Texas. Whipple has his man. Time will tell if he’s as good as we hope he is.
RB: 2 – A power back and a scatback, both out of Virgnia. Safe to say Pitt is done at this position.
TE: 0 – Pitt’s Tight End Recruiting woes continue… At what point do we have to cut bait on Tim Salem?
WR: 2 – a 5.5 and a 5.6, although Jaden Bradley has great height at 6’4″.
The conventional wisdom is that Pitt will take 25 recruits in this class, which leaves room for nine more.
If I had to break it down I’d say it probably looks like this, although keep in mind that the Duzz is usually good for one or two four-star surprises late in the recruiting cycle and they could come in at any position.
DT: 2 – Because you just want to keep the pipeline flowing.
OL: 1 – Pitt should recruit 5 OL every single year.
TE: 2 – If they can get two to sign…
LB: 2 – Although it’s possible that they recruit a bigger safety and convert him
WR: 2 – Whipple and Beatty are clearly restocking the WR room and there will be playing time and targets to go around for talented guys. All we can do is hope they sell another four-star (or two) on the dream.
Hail to Pitt