Who’s class recruiting ranking do you want to choose to believe for Pitt?
Rivals.com says Pitt is the 47th best class. Behind other Big East teams like Rutgers (23), Louisville (38) and WVU (45).
247Sports.com has Pitt at 40th (they were very low on Voytik). Rutgers (21) and WVU (36) in front of Pitt.
Scout.com at 39th. With WVU (26), Cinci (32) and Rutgers (33) ahead of Pitt.
ESPN.com says 30th. Rutgers (25) and Louisville (27) are the only ones ahead.
I don’t pretend to understand it, except that the further you get from the top 15-20 recruiting classes the wider the variance between various rankings. The formulas are a mix of player rankings and volume. Which is how Cinci with 30 commits with an average star ranking of 2.73 on Scout.com is up so high. Scout.com only takes the top-25 players from a signing class in their rankings. What’s funny is Pitt will likely fall a little further in their rankings because Scout.com lists Pitt with 18 kids — still including Pitts and Jarrett in there it seems. So Pitt will lose points based on overall volume.
This is not some rant on the recruiting rankings — merely an attempt to put context to the “class rankings”. Frankly, the individual rankings of players are useful. Not perfect but very useful. I highly recommend this short piece defending recruiting rankings.
Pitt definitely has a good recruiting class. Not just because of the “all things considered” issue of another coaching change. They filled some needs/stockpiled in the secondary, backfield and QB. The linebacking group got a little better/deeper.
At the same time, Pitt has some huge holes looming that needs to be addressed quickly in immediate future for recruiting. Primarily on the O-line and D-line. Including Ricketts, a transfer, and one JUCO Pitt only has added only 8 O- and D-linemen in the past 2 years. Only 6 recruits in the past two signing classes. That’s not good considering how many don’t pan out, and how long it can take to develop players. Bostad may be one of the best O-line coaches in the country, but he still needs something with which to work. So for the future, the O-line will continue to be a point of angst.
There is a lot to like about this incoming class. Plenty to like about this coaching staff. There is also a lot of work ahead and a lot of needs still to be filled.