2017 Pitt Panthers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Pitt Panthers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

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2017 Pitt Panthers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Pitt Panthers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown


The 2017 Pitt Panthers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Pitt Panthers Recruiting Class Overview

While Pat Narduzzi got some help for the woeful secondary – S Paris Ford is a really, really good one – he did more for the offense. The tight ends he brought in are terrific, RB Todd Sibley has workhorse potential, and the linemen are more than promising with Owen Drexel one of the ACC’s best center prospects, and guard Jerry Drake and Gabe Houy two good ones to develop. Can Kenny Pickett be the quarterback who runs the show? If he is, a few years from now he should get plenty of help from the …

The Pitt Panthers Class Is Heavy On …

Pass catchers. Much to the happiness of Panther fans who saw the D getting burned game after game last year, the secondary was loaded with prospects, but the passing attack got the most help. Charles Reeves is one of the ACC’s best tight end prospects, with NFL prototype size and upside. But he’s not alone with fellow tight ends Tyler Sear and Grant Carrigan also interesting. The receivers brought in definitely fit a type, with three very tall, physical targets.

The Star of the Pitt Panthers Class Is …

S Paris Ford, 6-2, 185, Munhall, PA – While he’s not all that big, and he’ll never be an intimidating thumper, he’s a blazer with the range the Pitt defense could use. Yeah, he can hit a bit and works better as a leader at safety than a receiver, but he’s one of the difference-makers Narduzzi needs more of. Pried away from Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Florida State – just to start – he might be thrown to the wolves early on.

The Pitt Panthers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Defensive back. The left side of the offensive line needs attention after losing Adam Bisnowaty at tackle and Dorian Johnson at guard, but it’s the defensive front seven that might need even more work with pass rushing superstar Ejuan Price gone along with linebackers Mike Caprara and Matt Galambos done. But it’s the secondary that’s the real problem. For good and for bad, three starters are gone from a miserable secondary that couldn’t stop anyone.

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