Pitt's had some notable recruiting misses lately with Dravon Henry and Montae Nicholson choosing to play their college ball elsewhere. The Panthers, though, have a chance turn things around a bit with four-star wide receiver Adonis Jennings still in play for Paul Chryst and staff.
Jennings is apparently a real possibility for Pitt and 24/7 has the Panthers, Arkansas, and Iowa as his three favorites right now, listing Pitt and the Hawkeyes slightly above the Razorbacks.
The reports on Jennings vary a bit, as you would expect. Rivals calls him a four-star wide receiver, listing him as the 38th best in the nation at his position. Scout, meanwhile, isn't as high on him, ranking him as only a three-star player and 92nd best wide receiver. SB Nation's Bud Elliott also offered a little more analysis into his game earlier this year.
Regardless of his standing in the recruiting rankings, Jennings has been highly sought after. In addition to Pitt, Arkansas, and Iowa, Rivals lists his other offers from schools including Clemson, Virginia Tech, Arizona, and more than a dozen others. According to MaxPreps, he had 1,434 receiving yards this season.
If you do your due diligence online, he seems to have a good chance to wind up at Pitt. One thing that may have helped that along in some small way was that he showed up at the Panthers' big win against Notre Dame. Not only was that a great atmosphere, but unlike the Florida State game, Pitt actually played well on the field. That game, by the way, seems to have been a point of friction between him and Rutgers since he was committed to them at the time. Shortly after that, he decommitted.
Another thing to like about Pitt's chances are that they're the closest of his three schools to his home in New Jersey.
And, oh yeah, Jennings has apparently been keeping tabs on the Panthers and that was proven on Twitter as he appeared to be tuned in to the Panthers' bowl game:
Watching Pitt go to work #H2P— Adonis Jennings (@All_Eyes_On_18) December 27, 2013
Gotta love that hashtag, right? Jennings is scheduled for an official visit at Pitt on January 17th so it still might be a little while until a decision is reached. But landing him would provide a significant boost to Pitt's recruiting class.