Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff saw some of their work on the recruiting trail pay off on Wednesday, as Jordan Grier, a safety out of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia, placed Pitt in his top eight. The other seven finalists for Grier include Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State and Memphis.
surprised but i knew , my dreams coming true .. pic.twitter.com/WRq07v09uc— (@TreGrier) July 2, 2020
“Thank you to every coach and school that gave me an opportunity to play at the next level and helped me make my dream a reality,” Grier said in a message on Twitter. “I truly appreciate it. With that being said, I will be focusing on these schools going into my senior year.”
The 6’0”, 185-pound recruit holds a three-star rating from Rivals but has yet to be evaluated by 247Sports or ESPN. Over the course of his recruitment, Grier drew 23 offers, four of which came from Power Five programs. Among the other 19, three were from programs in the American and five were from the MAC.
Grier was a teammate of former Pitt commit Tee Denson at Cedar Grove, and both were members of the Saints defensive backfield. Denson was verbally committed to Pitt from June 17 to Nov. 7 in 2019 but decommitted and ended up at Kansas State. Now, both programs are under serious consideration by Grier, who had four pick-sixes and 56 tackles in 2019 as a member of a Cedar Grove team that went 13-2 and won a state title.
At this point, no front-runner has emerged in Grier’s recruitment, and Pitt still has several open spots in its 2021 class. Pitt has also had some recent success in Georgia, as Panthers secondary coach Archie Collins has brought in Riverwood cornerback Khalil Anderson and Crisp County linebacker Preston Lavant. Currently, Grier has no decision date set.