2016 EARLY ENROLLEES
2016 PITT SIGNEES
Justin Morgan's NLI is in. The 3-star lineman out of Brooklyn was a Pitt flip from Rutgers amidst the Scarlet Knights' coaching change.
Maurice Ffrench signs with Pitt. The dynamic New Jersey athlete figures to play receiver at Pitt after he put up monstrous numbers in his senior season. The Panthers survived late charges by Rutgers and Penn State to land Ffrench, widely regarded as one of the most underrated recruits in this year's class.
Panther legacy Zack Gilbert signs with Pitt. The son of former star Pitt lineman and first-round NFL Draft pick Sean Gilbert, Zack was a priority for this coaching staff from the beginning. He was a 4-year starter and finished as the South Mecklenburgh High School record-holder with 40.5 career sacks.
Phil Campbell's flip to Pitt is official. Campbell earned just about every accolade one seemingly can playing high school football in New Jersey as he racked up 110 tackles between the linebacker and safety spots. He'll play safety at Pitt, where he was ranked as the best at said position in the state.
Clairton's Aaron Mathews makes his flip to Pitt official. Mathews was committed to Penn State as a defensive back but after Juwann Winfree decommitted on Monday, the Panthers offered Mathews the chance to play wide receiver and that likely sealed the deal. Mathews wanted to play receiver all along, for which he has fantastic size with a 6-foot-5 frame, and I also think he wanted to be at Pitt all along so this worked out pretty well for him.
Therran Coleman's NLI is in and signed. He, liked Bricen Garner and Damar Hamlin, is a long defensive back who seems to fit the mold of what Narduzzi wants on the back end of his defense.
Elias Reynolds is now in the fold. Reynolds emerges from New York as the state's top inside linebacker and he looks the part to be a starting middle linebacker in years to come. He stands at 6-foot-3 yet runs a 4.6 40, and is a solid fundamental tackler.
Bricen Garner is the first of his Central Catholic teammates to get his letter of intent signed, sealed and delivered. He's another big defensive back standing 6-foot-3 with room to add on his frame. Letters from Rashad Wheeler and Damar Hamlin should be coming in the next hour.
Henry Miller answers maybe the biggest question related to one of Pitt commits and his pledge to the Panthers rings true. There was a real danger he would flip to Miami after the Hurricanes, and Ohio State, became seriously involved in his recruitment down the stretch. Miller may be a 3-star recruit, but he has serious potential. He's 6-foot-3 and is a fantastic athlete, but has the skills to match his physical tools. Corey Bender raved to me about him around the time of his commitment, and Miller could become a star.
Another of the top WPIAL prospects officially joins the 412 Crew as Kaezon Pugh's letter is in. Although the Aliquippa star is listed as linebacker, he led the WPIAL in rushing with 2,451 yards on 273 carries and also was the league's leading scorer with 35 touchdowns and 42 PATs.
Pitt finalizes its haul at wide receiver as the letter from Ruben Flowers comes through. Flowers has No. 1-receiver potential with a blend of size at 6-foot-3 but also speed and skill. He finished his career at Lima Senior High School with 207 catches for 3,334 yards and 45 touchdowns.
Amir Watts is officially a Panther. The 4-star defensive lineman from Chicago committed to Pitt about a week and a half ago after he took his official visit and was so impressed with Pitt, he ended his recruitment that Sunday. Watts racked up 135 tackles, 34 for loss, and 10 sacks in his senior year at Phillips High School and has the skillset to be a stud at any position on the defensive line.
Zack Williams is in the fold. Like Miller, he's a prospect out of Florida with huge potential at his position. Williams switched from defense to offense before this past season, and looks the part of a future bookend offensive tackle with his 6-foot-6 frame.
Keyshon Camp committed and signed with Pitt this morning, landing a huge Signing Day coup for Pat Narduzzi and his staff. A few months ago, Camp was committed to USC and Pitt really wasn't even in the picture. But the staff stayed diligent and the coaches' efforts paid off big time. More on Camp here.
Rashad Wheeler officially joins Garner at Pitt. He'll play defensive tackle for the Panthers and has above-average athleticism in his 6-foot-4, 270-pound frame.
Other than Miller, Chase Pine was probably Pitt's biggest question mark heading into Signing Day. But like Miller, he assuaged any concern and signed with Pitt.
The prize of Pitt's 2016 recruiting class is officially a Panther. The staff just received Damar Hamlin's letter of intent. George Hill is the only other currently committed recruit yet to send his NLI in but he is signing at 11 am Central time (so noon here).
George Hill is the final commit to make college choice official. As it stands, the Panthers have 23 letters of intent signed. They are in the mix for Florida DT Rashad Weaver, who announces his college choice at 3 pm.
Rashad Weaver commits to Pitt, minutes before head coach Pat Narduzzi is scheduled to take the podium at the team's South Side facility. More to come. Beyond Weaver, that should be it for Pitt's Class of 2016.