The number of prospects in Pitt football’s 2015 recruiting class reached double figures (11) Tuesday, and coach Paul Chryst is more than halfway home — 7 1/2 months before signing day.
With only 11 seniors on the roster, Pitt won’t need to recruit 20 or more athletes next year. He might settle for a number in the mid- to high-teens.
That’s a sign of stability finally settling over the program in Chryst’s third season.
Chryst has 59 players on the roster from his three recruiting classes (2012-14), accounting for about 69 percent of the team. That includes 10 of the 16 from the hastily assembled ’12 class that signed only six weeks after Chryst was hired. The team has been almost exclusively picked by Chryst.
Pitt has plucked two recruits from Florida (running back Sekai Lindsay of Melbourne and defensive back Malik Henderson of Hallandale Beach) for the first time since Todd Graham got three from that state in 2011. That’s prime ACC territory.
Rivals.com rates Lindsay the eighth-best running back in the state. I’ve had fans tell me that a three-star from Florida equates to a five-star from Pennsylvania. I don’t know about that, but getting Lindsay was important for Pitt.
By the way, two of Graham’s three are still on the team — wide receiver Ronald Jones and defensive tackle LaQuentin Smith. Defensive back Roderick Ryles is gone.
Tuesday was a busy day for Pitt, getting commitments from Quaker Valley’s Dane Jackson, a gifted athlete who can play either side of the ball, but might end up in the Panthers’ defensive backfield. Jackson attends Cornell High School whose students play for neighboring Quaker Valley in a co-op arrangement.
Also, defensive tackle DeVon Hamilton, 6-3, 283 pounds, has given Pitt a verbal commitment.
The breakdown of the 11-man recruiting class includes six from Pennsylvania (five from the WPIAL), two from Ohio, two from Florida and one from Delaware. Nine of the 11 are rated three-star prospects by Rivals.com. Henderson and Jackson are the two-stars.
The position breakdown: Two defensive tackles and two wild cards (Jackson and Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton) and one running back, tight end, quarterback, offensive lineman, wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker.
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