Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff reeled in another commitment from a coveted Sunshine State recruit on Sunday, as safety Brandon Hill of Apopka, Florida, announced his intent to join the Panthers in 2019 after completing his senior season at Wekiva High School.
Hill announced his commitment to Pitt in a message posted on Twitter.
“I would like to thank all of the coaches that believed in me and gave me an opportunity to play at their school,” Hill said in the message. “After doing some hard thinking and an amazing official visit, I would like to announce that I am 100 percent committed to the University of Pittsburgh.”
Rivals and 247Sports both rate Hill as a three-star safety. However, ESPN considers him a four-star recruit. He drew offers from a total of 23 schools during his recruitment process, including Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, NC State, Purdue, UCF and Virginia.
The 5’11”, 200-pound safety played a pivotal role on the defense of a Wekiva Mustangs team that went 12-2 in 2017 and fell two wins shy of taking home a state championship.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports broke down Hill’s role on the Mustangs defense.
“Hill is a playmaker in the secondary for [Wekiva], always looking to make a play on the football while also showing he can come downhill and fill an alley and tackle in space,” Wiltfong said.
With the commitment of Hill, Pitt’s 2019 recruiting class rose to eight members in the span of a week, and of those eight recruits, five were brought in from Florida.