Pitt hauled in its second commitment of the day to likely cap off the class of 2018. Mychale Salahuddin committed this morning over finalists Syracuse, USC, and North Carolina. He is a 5’11” 190 back from Woodson High School in Washington D.C. In total, he also held other offers from the likes of Clemson, Michigan, and Georgia. He is graded as a four-star by Rivals, ESPN, and 247 Sports. Salahuddin’s announcement was a bit eventful as he showed up in a USC sweatshirt, put on a Syracuse hat, before eventually revealing a Pitt shirt underneath.
H.D. Woodson four-star RB Mychale Salahuddin (@TheRealMyke5) chooses Pitt over Syracuse. Salahuddin is the No. 1 prospect from D.C. via 247Sports composite and the No. 5 all-purpose back in the class of 2018. #allmets #NSD18 pic.twitter.com/d8n7hghuGh— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) February 7, 2018
Rivals calls Salahuddin the top All-Purpose back in the country. 247 Sports also names him the top prospect from Washington D.C. He is the second player in as many years to come to Pitt from Woodson, joining redshirt freshman Jaylen Twyman.
This also marks the second year in a row Pitt has landed a four-star running back on signing day, following in the footsteps of sophomore-to-be A.J. Davis. Salahuddin instantly becomes Pitt’s top recruit, and should move Pitt close to the outside of the top 30 in the team recruiting rankings.
The running back position will be one to watch for Pitt next season, as all five players look like they should be able to contribute. Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall will be seniors. Hall came on strong last season, while Ollison does have a 1,000 yard season under his belt. Davis got on the field some last year and has four-star pedigree. Also waiting in the wings, would be redshirt freshmen Todd SIbley, another four-star player.
There is talent across the board at running back, but it appears Salahuddin should be able to add a different element as he is more of a speedy back than the other four on the roster. Not sure if he will get on the field right away, but he will have a chance.
Barring any surprises, that should be it for the 2018 recruiting class. Stay tuned to Cardiac Hill as we will start to recap the class and talk about the impact it will have.