Pat Narduzzi alerted the masses this afternoon in his usual way, signaling Pitt received a new commitment. Demarri Mathis confirmed just moments ago that he was the new commitment to the Panthers’ program.
#H2P pic.twitter.com/mxaNJJoxKF— Damarri〽️ (@Damarri15) December 23, 2016
Damarri Mathis is a 5’11” 180 pound cornerback from Lakeland, Florida. He was initially committed to South Carolina, but de-committed from the Gamecocks last month. In the interim, Mathis took an official visit to Pitt earlier this month and decided to make his pledge to Pitt tonight.
Mathis grades out as a three-star prospect across all four major recruiting services. He holds offers from South Carolina, Ole Miss, Louisville, Minnesota, among a number of other programs. He helped guide Lakeland to an 8-3 season this year with a trip to the Florida 7A state playoffs.
Mathis becomes the 19th member of the 2017 recruiting class. He is just the first cornerback to commit to the class however. Mathis is now the fifth player from the state of Florida to commit to Pitt, and is the third Floridian to commit to Pitt in the past week joining offensive lineman Jerry Drake and defensive end Deslin Alexandre.
An interesting note about Mathis is that his high school teammate is four-star running back AJ Davis, who is also considering Pitt. We’ll see if this Mathis commitment plays a role in Davis’ recruitment.
With 19 commitments, Pitt still has some work to do, although the past week has been a very busy one. Not only did they land Alexandre and Drake, but Max Browne transferred into Pitt from USC. Pitt may be able to take a full 25 man recruiting class, so the next month and a half should be a busy one for Pat Narduzzi and his staff.