Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Pitt Panther recruiting class.
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Did Pat Narduzzi and Pitt take advantage of the ACC Coastal-winning season? Not really. The payoff should come in the 2020 class – at least that’s the hope – but there wasn’t a mad rush of talent coming in after the success the Panthers had.
There wasn’t much happening after the early signing period. It’s not a huge class – 2018’s wasn’t big, either – but Narduzzi only signed one okay prospect on National Signing Day. Even with the way the season ended, the pitch will be easier for 2020.
Pitt went big at quarterback last year. Nick Patti and JUCO transfer – and former USC star recruit – Ricky Town were good gets to beef up the position, but 2019 signee Davis Beville is the better prospect. The 6-6 bomber is a smart passer wanted by a few Ivy League schools and Northwestern. With a little time, he should be the main man.
Considering how much fun the running backs had in the offense, and with some key departures, did the Panthers get a few great prospects? Sort of. Vincent Davis and Daniel Carter are speed backs out of Fort Lauderdale, and they’ve got the explosion to fit the system. However, they aren’t elite prospects.
By the way, Darrin Hall was an elite prospect back in 2015, but Qadree Ollison was a bit of an afterthought of a prospect in the 2014 class.
And here come the linebackers. The Panthers only signed one last year, and now they’re coming in bulk with four solid ones coming in. It starts with Kai Wright, a safety-sized speedster who should grow into a dangerous outside pass rusher. Speaking of playmakers in the backfield …
The defense is getting a slew of defensive ends, too. They’re stronger prospects than the linebackers, with a strength in numbers class to add to the already solid corps. This group will be a part of the depth right away.
Next year, the defensive backs have to come in. There were plenty of them in last year’s class, and just two were signed on this time around. On this defense, the more options to hold up under the pressure, the better.
It’s not as strong a class as the 2018 version, but expect an improvement next year. Narduzzi just got to an ACC Championship without a whole slew of four-star-caliber talents. This class is good enough to add some instant bulk.