During the Pitt football program’s weekend recruiting spree, Pat Narduzzi and his staff acquired the services of a defensive lineman with a reputation for getting after quarterbacks, as weakside defensive end Brandon Mack of Montgomery, Alabama, committed to the Panthers on Sunday.
Mack announced his commitment to Pitt in a message posted on Twitter.
“I would like to announce my commitment to the University of Pittsburgh,” Mack said the message. “I would also like to thank Coach Narduzzi, [Charlie] Partridge, [Archie] Collins and the rest of the Pittsburgh staff for making me feel welcomed.”
The 6’4”, 220-pound defensive end is a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports and Rivals, and he drew offers from 21 programs during his recruitment. He chose Pitt over the likes of Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Western Kentucky.
Mack played in six games for Jefferson Davis High School during the 2017 season, according to MaxPreps, but he made the most of his time on the field, as he recorded 29 total tackles, including six tackles for a loss and five sacks. Although the Volunteers struggled to a 5-6 record, the junior defensive end distinguished himself as one of the team’s most intriguing players.
Prior to his commitment to Pitt, Mack attended an LSU prospect camp on June 2, and Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country broke down his performance.
“Mack drew a lot of attention from [LSU head coach Ed Orgeron] during positional workouts and flaunted his explosiveness and quickness,” Spiegelman said. “He turned in a solid performance during one-on-ones, often showing his speed around the edge while lined up as a wide-nine end.”
Given his well-documented speed and skill as a pass-rusher, it should be interesting to see what Mack can contribute to Pitt’s defensive line upon his arrival next year.