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Pat Signal: Vincent Davis commits to Pitt

The three-star running back is Pitt’s third 2019 commit from Florida

NCAA Football: Penn State at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff have expended a significant amount of effort recruiting the Southeast and particularly Florida, and that paid off on Sunday in the form of a commitment from running back Vincent Davis from Cardinal Gibbons High school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Davis announced his commitment in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

“After taking my official visit to the University of Pittsburgh and being greeted with hospitality and like family by the players in a brotherhood manner, I would like to announce that I am 100 percent committed to the University of Pittsburgh,” Davis said in his message.

Davis is considered a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports and Rivals, and he drew offers from 18 schools, including Boston College, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

The 5’8”, 165-pound running back had an outstanding junior season with Cardinal Gibbons in 2017, as he accrued 942 yards and 11 touchdowns on 125 carries. During that time, Davis was also a teammate of 2018 Pitt commit Marquis Williams, who was a cornerback for the Chiefs.

“He runs behind his pads, has great speed, balance and hands,” Cardinal Gibbons head coach Matt DuBuc said of Davis in May, according to Walter Villa of the Miami Herald. “The best word about him is explosive — he gets a crease, and he’s gone.”

Davis is the fifth member of Pitt’s 2019 recruiting class, and at the time of his commitment, he was the third recruit to join the Panthers from the state of Florida. Three-star linebacker Leslie Smith and three-star defensive tackle Calijah Kancey both previously joined from Miami.