Pitt got three more verbals in a roughly 24 hour period. Only two are known, though.
The first, was Jason Pinnock. A cornerback from Connecticut. Pinnock was a Boston College commit, but after a senior year that saw interest in him rise he decommitted. Pitt offered him and both Syracuse and Notre Dame were showing interest. Pinnock was supposed to to take a visit to South Bend, next week but has since cancelled his remaining visits.
His star rating is not high. Rivals.com has him updated to a 3-star, but the other recruiting sites say 2-star. At 6-0, 180 pounds, he is along the physical lines of what Coach Pat Narduzzi wants in his corners. Obviously, he is not going to see the field right away.
The next one came from Florida wide receiver Michael Smith. Another late riser in recruiting.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver began seriously considering Pitt following an official visit to the school on December 9th.
Smith chose Pitt over offers from Notre Dame, Indiana, Georgia Tech, and Washington State, among others. Pitt offered Smith upon visiting his high school on December 3rd. The Panthers’ coaching staff stopped by Vero Beach (Fla.) High School, located nearly midway between Miami and Orlando, once again on December 7th. Smith’s weekend official visit to Pitt put the Panthers ahead and despite a late offer from Notre Dame and another official visit to Georgia Tech, no other school could overcome Pitt’s lead.
Smith is Pitt’s third wide receiver commitment in this class, joining Bethlehem (Pa.) legacy recruit Darian Street and fellow Florida native Dontavius Butler, who plays at Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage. Along with Butler, linebacker Albert Tucker, defensive back Damarri Mathis, defensive end Deslin Alexandre, and offensive tackle Jerry Drake Jr., Smith is Pitt’s sixth commitment from the state of Florida in the 2017 class.
For a long time, Smith was unranked by Rivals.com and had not yet been evaluated by a member of the network. That is largely, due to the fact that the big-bodied wide receiver posted only five catches for 100 yards and one touchdown through his first three seasons of high school. However, after a monster final year, Vero Beach’s best-kept secret earned three-star status.
As a senior, Smith exploded; he set single-season records in the Treasure Coast region with 24 receiving touchdowns and 1,561 receiving yards. Smith also recorded 67 receptions on the year. By some reports, Smith led the state of Florida in receiving touchdowns, although stats are not officially compiled by the state at this point in time.
Then there was the third Pat Signal. But at this point, no recruit has come forward to claim the honor. That leaves speculation. Rampant, random, uninformed speculation.
Less than 2 weeks to Signing Day at this point. There will likely be maybe 2-3 more commits. By all metrics, it is shaping up to be another solid class. Again with the large amount, looking at redshirts.
Final note, terms of former OC Matt Canada’s deal with LSU have come out. He stands to make at least $1.5 million per year for 3 years. That makes him one of the highest paid assistants in the country. Between him and DC Dave Aranda, the Tigers are banking on their coordinators to make things happen on the field, while the head coach recruits and is colorful.
Pitt reportedly went up to $1 million, but there was no way they could or should have come close to what LSU gave him. LSU also paid Pitt $375,000 to buy out Canada.