Early Signees

Per the Pitt SID

Myles Alston, WR, 6-1, 185, Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes

Highly recruited Virginia receiver prospect who had nearly 20 offers…team did not have a season this fall due to COVID-19…as a junior, had 17 receptions for 212 yards (12.5 avg.) and a touchdown and also had an interception return for a TD…The Virginian-Pilot Hampton Roads Top 50 (No. 9)…rated one of Virginia’s top 25 overall prospects by Rivals (No. 19), ESPN (No. 23) and 247Sports (No. 25)…played under Coach Joe Jones.

Trey Andersen, OL, 6-6, 255, Eagle Mountain, Utah/Lehi

Originally a class of 2019 recruit who spent most of the past two years on a mission trip…as a senior tight end at Lehi, averaged 17.4 yards per reception, totaling 28 catches for 487 yards and two touchdowns…was rated Utah’s No. 16 overall prospect by 247Sports and No. 22 by ESPN…was also a two-time Utah state champion in the shot put…played under Coach Ed Larson.

Khalil Anderson, DB, 5-11, 170, Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood

Rated one of the country’s top 25 cornerback prospects by 247Sports…intercepted eight passes over his final two seasons…as a senior, scored five touchdowns on returns (three punts, one kickoff and one interception)…led Riverwood with nearly 700 all-purpose yards…Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) All-Class AAAAA North (first team)…rated the No. 24 overall prospect in Georgia…selected to play in the Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Game…played under Coach Robert Edwards.

Gavin Bartholomew, TE, 6-4, 255, Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain

Played a variety of roles for Blue Mountain, including tight end, defensive end, punter and, as a senior, quarterback…was team’s leading receiver as a junior, compiling 27 receptions for 527 yards and five touchdowns…his senior year, was team’s starting quarterback for its final five games, completing 36-of-66 passes for 521 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 145 yards and three TDs…averaged 21.8 yards per catch as a senior with six catches for 131 yards and two scores…on defense had a 35-yard interception return for a TD…rated Pennsylvania’s No. 36 overall prospect by ESPN…played under Coach Cory Mabry.

Noah Biglow, DB, 5-11, 170, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Armwood

Standout cornerback for Florida power Armwood whose senior year was limited due to injury…as a junior in 2019, was named to the Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa Bay Team…helped team to a 12-2 record and the semifinals of the 2019 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 7A playoffs…had six interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), eight pass breakups and two fumble recoveries that year…played under Coach Evan Davis.

Jaden Bradley, WR, 6-3, 190, Baltimore, Md./DeMatha Catholic

Rangy and athletic wide receiver prospect who drew multiple Power 5 offers despite being new to the position…a former quarterback at traditional power DeMatha Catholic who made an impressive switch to wideout his junior year…team did not have a 2020 season due to COVID-19…ranked the No. 21 overall prospect in Maryland by Rivals…played under Coach Bill McGregor.

Naquan Brown, DL, 6-3, 205, Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes

Highly recruited prospect who was named to the Rivals 250 (No. 185) and ESPN 300 (No. 192)…collected 26 sacks over his junior and sophomore years…team did not have a 2020 season due to COVID-19…rated Virginia’s No. 4 overall prospect by ESPN, No. 5 by Rivals and No. 12 by 247Sports…The Virginian-Pilot Hampton Roads Top 50 (No. 2)…rated by Rivals as the nation’s No. 13 outside linebacker…played under Coach Joe Jones.

Tamarion Crumpley, DB, 6-1, 185, Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods

One of Ohio’s top cornerback prospects…Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) Division II All-State (second team)…All-Southwest Ohio District (first team)…All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference (first team)…led Winton Woods to a 9-1 record and the Ohio Division II playoffs…rated Ohio’s No. 31 overall prospect by 247Sports, No. 35 by Rivals and No. 46 by ESPN…played under Coach Andre Parker.

Elliot Donald, DL, 6-2, 255, Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic

Nationally regarded defensive lineman who was named to the Rivals 100 (No. 93) and the ESPN 300 (No. 81)…as a junior, compiled 55 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles in leading Central Catholic to the WPIAL Class 6A championship and the PIAA title game…Pennsylvania Football Writers All-Class 6A Team…Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22”…Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Terrific 25”…did not play as a senior due to COVID-19 concerns…rated the nation’s No. 8 defensive tackle by Rivals and No. 17 by 247Sports…rated the nation’s No. 9 defensive end by ESPN…rated Pennsylvania’s No. 5 overall prospect by Rivals, No. 6 by ESPN and No. 11 by 247Sports…played under Coach Terry Totten.

Terrence Enos, OL, 6-4, 320, Redford, Mich./Cass Technical

One of Michigan’s top offensive line prospects…Detroit News 2021 Class Top 50 Players (No. 13)…Detroit Public School League (PSL) All-City…PSL All-Division 1-2 Team…rated one of Michigan’s top 20 overall prospects by Rivals (No. 17) and ESPN (No. 20)…played under Coach Thomas Wilcher.

Dorien Ford, DL, 6-4, 285, Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin

A four-year starter at Baldwin who evolved from a freshman fullback into an exceptional two-way lineman and nationally regarded prospect…Pennsylvania Football Writers All-Class 6A Team…Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22”…Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Terrific 25”…rated one of Pennsylvania’s top 20 prospects by ESPN (No. 11), Rivals (No. 12) and 247Sports (No. 19)…rated the nation’s No. 26 defensive tackle prospect by Rivals, No. 29 by 247Sports and No. 35 by ESPN…played under Coach Tim Sweeney.

Kyle Fugedi, OL, 6-6, 270, Livonia, Mich./Franklin

Three-year offensive line starter who helped Franklin compile 6,811 rushing yards over the 2018-20 seasons…Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) first team Division 2 All-Region…first team All-Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA)…Detroit News and Detroit Free Press All-Metro West…rated Michigan’s No. 16 overall prospect by 247Sports and No. 30 by Rivals…played under Coach Chris Kelbert.

Stephon Hall, DB, 6-1, 170, Monaca, Pa./Central Valley

Diverse talent for Central Valley who was impactful as a defensive back, running back, receiver and returner…compiled 64 tackles, 14 pass breakups and a forced fumble on defense…scored 13 touchdowns (11 rushing and two on kickoff returns)…averaged nearly 50 yards on five kickoff returns (five for 247) and 35.3 on punt returns (three for 106)…Class 3A Northwestern Six Defensive Player of the Year…Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22”…led team to consecutive WPIAL Class 3A championships as a junior and senior…was injured in the 2020 WPIAL title game and missed the final two contests, including Central Valley’s PIAA championship win over Wyomissing…rated Pennsylvania’s No. 16 overall prospect by 247Sports and No. 25 by Rivals…played under Coach Mark Lyons.

Rodney Hammond, RB, 5-9, 175, Virginia Beach, Va./Booker T. Washington

Rated one of the nation’s top 20 running back prospects by ESPN…team did not have a 2020 season due to COVID-19…as a junior, rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, while intercepting six passes as a defensive back…two-time All-Tidewater…The Virginian-Pilot Hampton Roads Top 50 (No. 5)…rated one of Virginia’s top 20 overall prospects by ESPN (No. 9), Rivals (No. 14) and 247Sports (No. 19)…played under Coach William Robertson.

Nahki Johnson, DL, 6-2, 215, Pittsburgh, Pa./West Mifflin

Earned national accolades as a defensive end prospect…named to the Rivals 250 (No. 169) and Top247 (No. 199)…rated the nation’s No. 7 weakside defensive end prospect by Rivals and No. 13 by 247Sports…senior year was hindered due to injury…as a junior, compiled eight sacks and four forced fumbles and was named the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year…Pittsburgh Tribune-Review “Terrific 25”…rated Pennsylvania’s No. 7 overall prospect by Rivals, No. 8 by 247Sports and No. 17 by ESPN…played under Coach Rod Steele.

Preston Lavant, LB, 6-2, 200, Cordele, Ga./Crisp County

Has amassed more than 250 career tackles as a three-year starter for Crisp County…first team All-Region 1-AAA…has posted 69 stops, six TFLs, an interception and blocked punt as a senior in helping his team recently advance to the Georgia Class 3A semifinals…as a junior, compiled nearly 120 tackles as Crisp County earned a berth in the Class 3A state final for the first time in history…Top 100 overall prospect in Georgia according to Rivals…played under Coach Brad Harber.

Javon McIntyre, DB, 6-0, 190, Bear, Del./Imhotep Charter (Pa.)

One of Pennsylvania’s top safety prospects…team did not have a 2020 season due to COVID-19…his junior year, compiled 53 tackles and a fumble return touchdown…was named All-Philadelphia Public League…helped team to an 8-5 record, the Philadelphia Class 4A City Championship and a berth in the PIAA playoffs…rated the state’s No. 14 overall prospect by ESPN, No. 18 by 247Sports and No. 22 by Rivals…played under Coach Devon Johnson.

Malik Newton, RB, 5-11, 225, Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor

Prolific rusher who compiled 4,053 yards over his initial three varsity seasons…team did not have a 2020 season due to COVID-19…as a junior, rushed for 2,060 yards and scored 32 touchdowns in leading team to a 14-2 record and the Virginia Class 4A championship…also had 57 tackles and six interceptions as a linebacker…Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year…two-time recipient of the Abe Goldblatt All-Tidewater Football Player of the Year honor…rated the nation’s No. 19 running back by Rivals…rated Virginia’s No. 9 overall prospect by Rivals, No. 19 by ESPN and No. 29 by 247Sports…The Virginian-Pilot Hampton Roads Top 50 (No. 4)…played under Coach Hank Sawyer.

Terrence Rankl, OL, 6-4, 275, Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Washington

Decorated lineman for traditional Ohio power Massillon Washington…Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association (OPSWA) Division II All-State (first team)…Northeast Inland All-District (first team)…as a senior, paved the way for an offense that produced 327.1 yards per contest, including 185.1 on the ground…helped the Tigers to three consecutive Ohio Division II state championship games and a combined 38-4 mark (.905)…rated one of the nation’s top 50 offensive tackles by Rivals…rated Ohio’s No. 21 overall prospect by Rivals and No. 22 by ESPN…played under Coach Nate Moore.

Jake Renda, TE, 6-4, 225, Princeton, N.J./IMG Academy (Fla.)

New Jersey native who transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior year…was a tight end at IMG Academy after previously playing quarterback his initial three high school seasons…a freshman varsity starter at Princeton High School before going on to play QB and defensive end at Notre Dame High as a sophomore and junior…rated the nation’s No. 27 tight end prospect by ESPN…played under IMG head coach Bobby Acosta.

Nate Yarnell, QB, 6-6, 190, Austin, Texas/Lake Travis

Rated one of the country’s top 25 pro-style quarterback prospects by 247Sports…was sidelined as a senior due to injury…his junior season, posted a 6-0 record as Lake Travis’ starter, coming on in relief for a key stretch when senior starter Hudson Card (a 2020 Texas Longhorns signee) was out due to injury…in those starting assignments, averaged 208 yards passing and threw 11 TDs while completing 67% of his attempts…on the year, Yarnell completed 68% of his passes for 1,501 yards and 17 touchdowns…played under Coach Hank Carter.