Pat Narduzzi and his staff already put together one of Pitt's best recruiting classes in recent memory leading up to Signing Day. But nothing to date trumped Monday's news.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 4-star defensive back Damar Hamlin announced his commitment to Pitt during KDKA's 6:00 newscast. After playing his high school football blocks away from Pitt's campus, Hamlin will stay at home as he moves to the next level.
"I felt like I could accomplish everything I wanted to accomplish academically and on the field," Hamlin said on live television. "Academically I can be the businessman I want to be and athletically, I bought into coach Narduzzi's plan and I want to get my city back to where it should be."
Hamlin may be the most highly-sought recruit on the Panthers board in the Class of 2016 due primarily to his talent but also his proximity to campus. Along with Miles Sanders and Khaleke Hudson, Hamlin was one of the top players in the WPIAL and it's been a priority for the Pitt coaches to keep him close to home.
A starting cornerback spot is open with the graduation of Lafayette Pitts and, like Jordan Whitehead did last year, Hamlin has an excellent chance to seize playing time immediately.
Hamlin narrowed his choices to Pitt, Ohio State and Penn State before he decided on a commitment to Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers. Hamlin also fielded offers from Notre Dame, Clemson, Michigan State and Auburn.
Pitt now has two Scout 300 commitments with Hamlin's pledge alongside Ohio running back George Hill. Hill is ranked No. 164 in the Class of 2016 while Hamlin is ranked No. 221.
Hamlin also joins Hill and defensive tackle Amir Watts as the third 4-star recruit to commit to Pitt this year.