National Signing Day is for another three weeks, but Pat Narduzzi has a few members of his first official recruiting class enrolled as Panthers.
Patrick Jones, Chawntez Moss and Chris Clark are all enrolled at Pitt, the school announced Tuesday.
"Patrick, Chawntez and Chris are outstanding additions to our program," Narduzzi said. "Arriving in January, they will have an earlier opportunity to assimilate both on and off the field at Pitt. They are excited about being Panthers and we are thrilled to add them to our family."
Now with the recruits enrolled and on his team, Narduzzi is able to officially comment on those players.
Jones, a 6-foot-5 defensive end out of Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Va., recorded 83 tackles, 12.5 for loss, and 8.5 sacks in his senior season. Rob Harley recruited the player ranked as the top defensive end in the state and ranked fourth at his position in the East region.
"Patrick is a big and athletic defensive end who runs very well," Narduzzi said. "He adds depth and competition to a position of need. Patrick is from a military family and that is reflected in his disciplined play as well as his character."
Moss was one of the earliest to offer his pledge to Pitt when he committed in June last year. He rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in his senior season at Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio.
"Chawntez is an athletic back who we really liked when we initially watched him on tape," Narduzzi said. "We offered him a scholarship once we saw him in our camp. He was very impressive, not only in his testing and drill work but also his work ethic."
Clark is perhaps the greatest prize of this recruiting class as a former five-star tight end out of Avon Old Farms, Conn., in the Class of 2015. He will sit out this upcoming season after he decided to leave UCLA in the fall then completed his transfer to Pitt this month.
“I’ve known Chris for nearly three years, dating back to when I was at Michigan State and recruiting the northeast,” Narduzzi said. “He is a very gifted athlete who we believe can make an immediate impact when he steps on the field."
Narduzzi also noted the advantage that his position coach, Tim Salem, served as Clark's primary recruiter.
3-star defensive line commit Zack Gilbert was also supposed to enroll early but that does not appear to be the case anymore. However, nothing indicates there is any change in his commitment to Pitt.