Another Pat Signal went up earlier today, and that meant another recruit committed to Pitt. We soon found out if was one of the team's very top targets, Anthony McKee Jr. He confirmed himself on Twitter that he has indeed committed to play for Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers.
McKee Jr. has long been targeted by Pitt even by the Paul Chryst regime, and the new staff picked right up on his recruitment and finally landed the three-star linebacker from Ohio. Rob Harley, Pitt's linebackers coach, recently paid him a visit and it apparently helped lead to his commitment to the Panthers. McKee Jr. becomes the third player to commit to Pat Narduzzi in less than 24 hours, joining Jay Stocker and Shawn Curtis. All three of the recent commitments are on the defensive side of the ball, and now the class has seven defensive recruits to six offensive guys. McKee also becomes the second player from Ohio to join this recruiting class joining four-star running back, Darrin Hall.
McKee Jr. comes to Pitt as one of their more celebrated recruits. He is graded as a three-star by ESPN, 24/7, and Rivals and ESPN goes as far as to call him the 12th ranked prospect from the state of Ohio. McKee played his high school ball for Walnut Creek High School right in Columbus, but was never offered by the Buckeyes. Despite the snub from Ohio State, he has one of the more impressive offer sheets in the Pitt recruiting class. McKee Jr. had reported offers from Oklahoma, Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Wisconsin among others.
The three-star linebacker checks in at 6'2" inches tall, but only weighs 190 pounds right now. Many feel McKee will need to bulk up to play linebacker at the next level, but he has the frame to add the size. He is an aggressive player with great instincts, and can definitely hit hard, and should play well into the new coaching staff's style of play.
Pitt still has room to add some more players to this class, and we could see some more commitments coming soon. There are 13 day until signing day, and Pitt will have some players on campus this weekend taking official visits. Stay tuned for another Pat Signal or two in the near future.