Pat Narduzzi and his staff have seen their work on the recruiting trail pay off over the past few days, as a number of 2021 and 2022 prospects have released top 10s and top fives and placed Pitt among their finalists. On Saturday night, Pitt made the top six of Jacolby George, a talented wide receiver out of Plantation High School just outside of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, an area Pitt has recruited well in recent years.
@PHSColonelsFB @coachblack954 @CoachSteveDavis pic.twitter.com/w2P2Npj0Tw— Jacolby George (@Jaco1byg) March 22, 2020
The other five finalists for George’s services include Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, UCF and West Virginia. George was committed to Miami for five months in 2019, but he decided to decommit the day after Miami was dealt a 30-24 loss by Florida International. George was joined in decommitting from Miami by fellow blue-chip wide receiver Romello Brinson.
The 6’0”, 165-pound pass-catcher holds four-star ratings from ESPN and Rivals, both of which count him among the top 200 recruits in the 2021 class. ESPN ranks him at 182nd overall and 36th at receiver, while Rivals ranks him 165th overall and 26th at his position. Meanwhile, 247Sports gives George three stars, but most of the recruiting website’s data on him comes from February 2019.
During his breakout junior season, George amassed 1,030 yards and 12 touchdowns on 46 receptions, which came in a span of just nine games. He also added 191 yards and three touchdowns on the ground on six rushing attempts to bring his all-purpose yards to 1,221 on the 2019 season. Back in 2018, he was used sparingly, seeing action in four games as a sophomore but still accruing 305 receiving yards and six total touchdowns.
A receiver like George could be the missing link for a Pitt offense that has struggled to construct a cohesive passing attack over the last few years. And with Mark Whipple now calling the shots for Pitt’s offense, more players of George’s ilk have been giving the program a shot, as athletic and tall receivers like Aydin Henningham and Jaylon Barden have chosen Pitt over other suitors. They could also be catching passes from former four-star quarterback Davis Beville in a year or two. So Pitt has much to offer a recruit like George.