The 2018 Pitt Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Pitt Recruiting Class Overview
The Panthers are going big on defense, but there’s not a whole lot for the offensive side.
The quarterback situation is the key, with Ricky Town bouncing around and finally finding a landing spot. Nick Patti is a nice get out of New Jersey – both are needed right away.
The O line gets some help, but there’s not a lot for the main skill spots – Cameron O’Neal out of Alabama is the one decent receiver get.
The other side of the ball is cranked up everywhere but linebacker. John Moran is the key pass rusher out of a nice group of ends, and 6-3, 290-pound Devin Danielson is the best of the tackle lot.
The Pitt Class Is Heavy On …
A disaster over the first two seasons of the Pat Narduzzi era, the pass defense needs more help. And here it comes.
It’s a good group for the secondary, going national for all of the main prospects starting with corner Marquis Williams out of Miami – getting him away from Clemson – and landing the versatile Judson Tallandier out of the Washington DC area.
The Star of the Pitt Class Is …
OT Jake Kradel, 6-4, 270
He might need a little time and seasoning in the weight room, but he’s got the athleticism and talent to be a starting tackle in a few years. Tough enough to be thought about as a defensive tackle, he’ll be fine no matter where he ends up – but he’s expected to be on the offensive side.
Ohio State, Wisconsin, UCLA and Virginia Tech were after him, but he committed to Pitt early in the process.
The Pitt Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
With Ben DiNucci transferring, and Max Browne done, it’s Kenny Pickett’s job going into the spring, but JUCO transfer Ricky Town will get every shot to take over. Patti is the guy for the future once he gets a little time logged in, but he’ll also be in the hunt.