Yes, we all know that the class rankings after you get out of the top 15 or so become very nebulous and subject to wild swings based on whatever formula a recruiting site uses. Scout.com — for example — places a higher emphasis on quantity than most sites. Something that hurt Pitt in their rankings last year, but gives Pitt a huge boost this year. That said we, like to know where Pitt is considered to be compared. Especially within the conference.
I have to say that it was and is taking some getting used to seeing Pitt listed as an ACC team. I understand it since Pitt will be playing there in the fall. It’s just having Pitt still playing and competing in the Big East in basketball. Not to mention that the official joining doesn’t take place until July (and a reminder to Pitt: don’t do any stupid videos about joining like Texas A&M did for the SEC).
So how did the four major recruiting sites view the Pitt class as a whole? And how did it compare to others in the ACC?
Scout.com — They loved the volume, volume, volume. So Pitt came in with the 22d ranked class. So compared to the rest of the ACC, it’s the 3d best class behind Clemson (#12), FSU (#16) and ahead of Miami (#28), UNC (#30), VT (#35), Virginia (#41) and Maryland (#49).
ESPN.com — Not so much. The Panthers landed outside the top-40 at #41 and about 7th in the ACC. They ranked FSU (#9), Clemson (#13), VT (#19), UNC (#20), Miami (#21) and Virginia (#34) ahead of Pitt. Maryland was #45.
Top prospect: OT Dorian Johnson. Pitt needed to bulk up within the trenches and did so by landing Johnson, the No. 2 OT, who has dominating run strength and overall physical tools to develop into a valuable lineman.
Breakdown: Paul Chryst did well in western Pennsylvania and upgraded his team’s talent in the trenches, as his first full recruiting class at Pittsburgh is filled with linemen. Johnson headlines the class, but three more three-star prospects are committed along the offensive line, including Alexander Officer, a real mauler at offensive guard. Three-star QB-DT Tra’von Chapman, a top-20 player at his position, and ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd are playmakers who will make a big impact no matter where they line up on the field.
Rivals.com — Is somewhere in the middle. They put Pitt at #33. Florida State (#9), Clemson (#14), VT (#22), Virginia (#26) and Maryland (#30) were ahead of Pitt. UNC (#39) and Miami (#44) were behind.
247Sports.com — Also found the middle with Pitt at #32. Florida (#8), Clemson (#13), Miami (#17), VT (#20), UNC (#28) and Virginia (#29) finished ranked ahead of Pitt. Maryland was behind Pitt at #34.