Signing day is done for Pitt. I mean there is still the outside possibility of one other kid joining the class at the end of the week (Kane Taylor), but for all intents and purposes the dust is mostly settled.
That means it is time to see what the recruiting rankings say about the class.
I know. I know. Recruiting rankings are meaningless. It’s about the grit and determination. It’s about uncovering those diamond-in-the-roughs and coaching them up. Aaron Donald was only a marginal 3-star recruit with not many major offers. Yada, yada, yada.
Yeah, no. The recruiting rankings do matter. No one claims they are perfect. No metric would be when it comes to evaluating how teenagers project out in — well… anything in life. Still they do a pretty good job compared to anything else.
Starting with the lowest team ranking.
Scout.com says Pitt comes in at 42d nationally. They appear to ding Pitt’s class for the kickers. It’s bad enough Australian Kirk Christodoulou is dealing with the culture shock and winter. But Scout puts him at 2-stars. And even though he is a preferred walk-on, kicker Grant Kersh got logged in the class. Couple that with TE Tyler Sear and WR Michael Smith also getting 2-star rankings, and that would drag the numbers down in the formula.
The one thing that is consistent. Across all sites. Pitt finished with the 7th ranked recruiting class in the ACC. Florida State was the consensus #1 class of the ACC. Miami was #2 in all but ESPN’s. Clemson was #3 in all but ESPN which said #2.Clemson.
And then it gets a little more varied.
Virginia Tech was #3 by Scout. But 247 and ESPN gave them #4, and Rivals #6.
North Carolina was #5 per 247, Rivals and ESPN. Scout put them #6.
Louisville was #6 by ESPN and 247. Scout put them #5 and Rivals #4.
If you really want to go further…
Georgia Tech was #8 in all but ESPN which had Duke#7. Everyone else had Duke with the #9 class.
ESPN doesn’t list class rankings beyond 40 spots (at least, so far as I have looked).
Here’s the rest
NC State: #10 — Rivals and 247; #12 — Scout
UVA: #11 all 3
Syracuse: #12 — Rivals and 247; #10 — Scout
Wake Forest: #13 — Rivals and 247; #14 — Scout
Boston College: #14 — Rivals and 247; #13 –Scout
What it ultimately suggests is that Coastal Chaos will continue for Pitt’s division with all but Virginia with a class ranked outside the top-10 but in the top-40 nationally.
Meanwhile the Atlantic division remains very clearly divided. There’s FSU, Clemson and I’ll be willing to say Louisville. Then the rest.
UPDATE: Scout and 247 have just come under the same parent company (CBS Media). So this might be the last year for 4 different sites.