I do recruiting news now. (It’s easier than 5,000-word speculative pieces about Kenny Pickett traveling through the underworld to seek redemption.)
Four days ago, Pat Narduzzi lit the beacon once again:
PITT IS IT!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 21, 2018
No announcement of a name followed immediately, but today word got out (via Chris Peak, among others) that the commitment was from 2018 DE Kaymar Mimes out of Long Branch High School in New Jersey. Mimes (6’5’’, 225lb) is an across-the-board three-star prospect - as all Pitt commits must be, by law - who could be easily termed ‘versatile,’ having played on both sides of the ball for the Green Wave as well as track and basketball in the other high school seasons.
Mimes (pronounced “Mims,” apparently) had previously committed to local program Rutgers before Pitt got involved in his recruitment just before the early Signing Day. Besides Pitt and Rutgers, Mimes also had offers on the table from Boston College, Wake Forest, and Temple, among others. Pat Narduzzi’s fingerprints are evident on this commitment, as Mimes is the younger half-brother of former Michigan State defensive standout and current Oakland Raider Shilique Calhoun.
Mimes joins defensive ends John Morgan and Noah Palmer in the 2018 class, 18th commit overall, and is the first defensive player to join the team since the hiring of defensive coordinator Randy Bates last week. With several other players still in play for 2018, the implicit goal of a 20-player class is still well within reach.