There has been a whole lot of discuss in regards to the Pittsburgh Panthers and their capacity to recruit gamers, particularly after the highs and lows of the 2023 class. Still, the Panthers ended up with a prime 50 total class in keeping with 24/7 Sports. Pitt is at present sitting at forty eighth nationwide for the category of 2023 and eighth within the ACC. The Athletic was in a position to dig just a little of their 2023 ACC recruiting confidential to supply some perception into simply how these high faculties seen the ACC staff and who stood out to them probably the most.
Since 2018, the Pitt Panthers have been the very best at recruiting out of Pennsylvania within the ACC and have had success in New Jersey and Maryland as nicely. Even although Pitt might not be prime three they’re nonetheless profitable within the state of Florida as nicely. Out of the 19 gamers which have signed their letters of intent with this system, 7 of these gamers have come from the sunshine state.
Florida has lengthy been a hotbed for recruiting expertise and Pitt has carried out their work in making their presence recognized inside the Florida neighborhood. This was acknowledged by a recruiting coordinator from the Central Florida area when requested which school works the toughest in his space.
Central Florida recruiting coordinator: Pittsburgh. Miami has jumped within the boat for actual since Cristobal has been there. After that, Clemson, Florida State. (FSU line of defense coach Odell) Haggins is sort of a mainstay in our space. Georgia Tech is fairly sturdy, too. Iowa State is one other school that is right here on a regular basis. Since I’ve been right here, I have not seen Ohio State the complete time. Without query earlier than Cristobal, it was primarily Pittsburgh. (Safeties coach) Cory Sanders has carried out an unreal job within the 4 years I’ve been right here.
It was simply the recruiting coordinator that felt that sentiment, three head coaches, one from New England and two from South Florida additionally acknowledged Pitt as one of many hardest-working packages within the ACC.
New England coach: Miami, Pittsburgh, and Virginia from the ACC and then Michigan State, Texas A&M, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, South Carolina, and Ohio State from elsewhere. Those have been the primary ones.
South Florida coach 1: Pittsburgh from the ACC. After that, the SEC and Big Ten do an awesome job. They’re extra energetic with us than the ACC faculties. Schools like Michigan State, Penn State, and Alabama.
South Florida coach 2: Florida State. North Carolina State has been actually good, too. Their coaches appear to at all times ship me just a little textual content message the week of a sport. Pitt has been fairly good with that. Miami of late has been fairly good with that. But I’d say North Carolina State, Pitt, Florida State, and Miami in that order. Outside the ACC, I’ve at all times had a very good relationship with Georgia. Florida has carried out a very good job recently. Alabama Big Ten, it has been Penn State, Ohio State, and just a little little bit of Michigan.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi bought glowing opinions from the New England coach not solely because the coach he hears from probably the most however one of many coaches he would need his son to play for. That coach wasn’t the one one to carry that sentiment for Narduzzi to belief them with their son. One of the South Florida coaches additionally held that very same view of Narduzzi because of Pat’s simple nature.
South Florida coach 3: (Former Louisville and present Cincinnati coach) Scott Satterfield, Pittsburgh’s (Pat Narduzzi), and Florida State’s (Mike Norvell). For me, I like real, actual individuals. Don’t BS me. Just inform me straight up. People who lie and BS, I’m not with that.
While Narduzzi acquired his justifiable share of credit score some assistant coaches bought their recognition as nicely. Corey Sanders has been one of the crucial seen coaches from the ACC within the Central Florida recruiting path which was touched on earlier however a few different staff members have been seen on the South Florida recruiting path. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has persistently been in a position to assist mildew and develop NFL-level gamers and has additionally carried out an awesome job growing relationships with high school coaches as nicely.
South Florida coach 1: (Pitt’s) Charlie Partridge does a very good job growing relationships.
South Florida coach 2: (Pitt’s Charlie) Partridge is the man. He hits me up a minimum of as soon as per week.
Tiquan Underwood was additionally acknowledged by a South Florida coach as nicely for being actually sharp.
Most of these requested would not contact on the NIL facet of issues however did point out that Miami was the largest NIL participant within the convention with a collective that outmatch even among the greatest packages within the nation however there’s a stigma nonetheless across the ACC in comparison with the SEC. While one coach advised a participant it was a mistake to decide on one other program over the ACC, particularly with the academic worth of the ACC, the convention has floor to make up within the nationwide recruiting scene.
Central Florida recruiting coordinator: The ACC does need to battle the stigma. There’s a big-time receiver I do know who would’ve gone to Miami, however he simply could not see himself taking part in within the ACC. I’ll be trustworthy with you, however Pittsburgh was extra terrified of Miami and its NIL than anybody else. The Big Ten simply is not as huge for us as it’s somewhere else. The SEC undoubtedly holds weight. There’s little question about that.
While Pitt could have an inner battle in competing within the NIL house, one factor they won’t do is again down from any recruit even when a powerhouse program has them on their radar.
South Florida coach 3: even when a man has an SEC supply, ACC groups have continued to recruit my guys. Florida State, LouisvillePittsburgh, they are not intimidated by the SEC.
Recruiting has at all times been a sophisticated and fluid course of that has solely gotten harder to navigate now with NIL coming into the image. Regardless, the Pittsburgh Panthers proceed to make a robust impression on the recruiting path and once they have their goal, will battle till the tip to convey them to Pitt.