Will have more in a post schedule for later this morning on a recap of Pitt's class, but wanted to take a look at three guys who hadn't committed before signing today.
The big one is obviously local McKees Rocks kid Deaysean Rippy. Rippy was previously a Florida commit, but they apparently couldn't find room for a four-star linebacker in their class and pulled his offer. Ah, the problems of SEC programs.
Rippy, quite simply, is a big time recruit. I've listened to lots of interviews and read tons of articles leading up to National Signing Day and there are a few skeptics of him to be sure. But he's rated as a four-star linebacker by both Rivals and Scout with reported offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, USC, Nebraska, Michigan, Tennessee, and plenty of others. Yeah, that's good enough for me.
Still, not sure what to make of this quote from his Twitter account:
"Wvu thanks for the support and opportunity but Pitt can use my help".
There was a bit of confusion about where he would end up. His coach said on Tuesday that he was Pitt-bound, but Rippy insisted that wasn't true later on. More than likely, though, Rippy wanted to drum up some interest on National Signing Day.
It doesn't stop with him, though. Bam Bradley and Terrell Jackson were some quality late 'gets' as well.Bradley is a three-star defensive back with reported offers from Ohio State, Arizona, Stanford, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan State, Arizona, and more.
One selling point for Bradley? The fact that he's Nic Grigsby's brother.
Bradley may not have always been destined for Pitt. This site alludes to the fact that he was denied admission by Stanford (heck, as of two weeks ago, they were reportedly the leader (Insider Article) for him) and was perhaps destined for Ohio State until 'something happened'.
Then there's Jackson who's also a three-star. He had lots of MAC offers, but a few major D-1 programs had offered him, including Michigan State. Jackson's claim to fame - at least for now? Shenanigans.
Jackson was actually headed to Duke before reopening his commitment after drawing some more interest.
I'll expound a little on this in tomorrow's recruiting recap, but while Chryst's addition of these guys doesn't appear to be as big as holding onto Rushel Shell and Chad Voytik, their signing with Pitt really gave the class a boost.