It’s here. The year long sprint is reaching its end. Pitt looks to finish strong. Maybe a couple final flourishes with some announcements at 9:30 am and 3 pm. Finding out if Pitt has a last minute flip away *cough* Chase Pine *cough*. And hey, there’s cake.
When I asked [Gateway (Fla.) High School coach Marlin] Roberts about Gateway cornerback Henry Miller, who is committed to Pitt but considering Miami, Roberts said he expected him to sign with Pitt:
“If not, it’s going to be an awkward ceremony. I’ve already ordered blue and gold balloons and a blue and gold cake,” he said.
Awkward would be the right word.
Coach Pat Narduzzi will hold his press conference — where he can officially talk about the recruits at last — at 3pm.
The NLIs can be faxed in to Pitt starting at 7:00 am. The Pitt football twitter and/or Narduzzi’s twitter should be on top of that as always, so just open a tab (or two) — regardless of whether you use twitter — if you want to follow along.
I’ll do my best to keep a running list with the when and who.
For the record. RB Chawntez Moss, DE Patrick Jones and transfer TE Chris Clark are already enrolled and taking classes at Pitt, so they won’t be on the list.
7:00 — QB Thomas MacVittie is first in.
7:04 — OL Brandon Ford is
next first up with the big tech leap of using e-mail rather than a fax (he got his in ahead of MacVittie — just MacVittie’s dad made it known on twitter that his son was faxing first).
7:13 — OL Justin Morgan
7:22 — DE Zack Gilbert
7:27-7:51 — Taking kid to school.
7:51 — While out, ATH Phil Campbell sent his in.
As did Bryce Hargrove, rocking one hell of a sportscoat.
Worth noting, the Central Catholic kids — Damar Hamlin, Rashad Wheeler and Bricen Garner — will be signing their NLI’s at approximately 9:45.
Aaron Mathews will be signing his NLI at 1pm.
8:09 — Whoops. Looks like the 1pm ceremony will be symbolic. WR Aaron Mathews has his NLI in to Pitt.
8:12 — OL Zack Williams
8:27 — DB Therran Coleman has checked the box.
8:37 — LB Elias Reynolds has come in from the cold.
8:40-9:22 — Drop off other kid. Drive to work.
9:22 — Missed a lot.
LB Bruce Garner sent over his NLI
Cake for everyone as CB Henry Miller made it official.
LB Kaezon Pugh represents for the ‘Quip.
WR Ruben Flowers is in.
And this is one of the big ones. DT Keyshon Camp made Pitt his choice. Great late get.
9:28 — 2 more for the lines.
DL Amir Watts
OL Zack Williams
9:30 — Rashad Wheeler is go. One more from Central Catholic.
10:11 CB Damar Hamlin has finished the trifecta.
Now just waiting for Chase Pine and George Hill. Plus Weaver ‘ decision at 3pm.
Note, paperwork isn’t in on Hamlin yet to make it official, but…
10:28 — In the meantime, LB Chase Pine sticks with Pitt after some extra drama.
10:32 — Bonus news. Pitt football just announced that DE Ejuan Price was officially granted a 6th year by the NCAA.
11:16 — RB George Hill has signed. All verbal are signed.
Barring anything weird, next update should be around 3 pm when Rashad Weaver makes his decision.