The University of Pittsburgh and coach Pat Narduzzi needed a big finish to the 2016 recruiting cycle. It got one on Monday night.
First, the Panthers landed the commitment of Clairton star athlete Aaron Mathews, who projects as either a safety of linebacker at the collegiate level. Mathews’ pledge served as a strong sign for the Panthers, who flipped Mathews’ decision from Penn State with just two days remaining before National Signing Day. Just moments later, Pitt struck a bombshell with the commitment of four-star cornerback Damar Hamlin, a fellow local product from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh.
Hamlin picked the Panthers ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and plenty of other national powers.
The duo mark two of the biggest recruits in Pitt’s class, and they come not a moment too soon. The decisions of the local products help strengthen Narduzzi’s program’s roots in its backyard, and may give the Panthers key momentum at the last possible moment.