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National Signing Day finalizes local recruiting classes

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National Signing Day finalizes local recruiting classes

Nathan Breisinger, Sports Editor

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As the official college signing day closed out on Wednesday, Penn State and Pitt found themselves going in opposite directions.

The Nittany Lions finished 11th in the nation with their recruiting class. However, Pitt’s recruiting class is its lowest ranked under Head Coach Pat Narduzzi since the offseason that he took over the program.

According to Rivals.com, Pitt tied with three other teams for the 50th-best recruiting class in the country.

The Panthers’ biggest signing was four-star quarterback Davis Beville from Greenville, SC. Beville stands 6’6” and has the potential to compete with current starter Kenny Pickett, especially with a new offensive coordinator in Mark Whipple.

Another important player Pitt landed was running back Daniel Carter from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He will join Pitt’s already impressive running back corps.

As for the Nittany Lions, their biggest signee was outside linebacker Brandon Smith. Smith was ranked as the No. 1 player from Virginia. He chose Penn State over Alabama and Clemson.

Also, Penn State added a duo of impressive four-star running backs in Noah Cain and Devyn Ford.

The biggest battle ground when it came to recruiting between the two Pennsylvania teams was players from the WPIAL.

The Nittany Lions signed North Allegheny product Joey Porter Jr., who is a defensive back. They also signed wide receiver from Penn Hills Daequan Hardy.

On the other hand, Pitt landed Aliquippa receiver Will Gipson, who is a three-star. As for Gipson’s teammate, four-star defensive back MJ Devonshire, he chose Kentucky over Pitt Wednesday morning.

Overall, Penn State’s continuous success in recruiting under Head Coach James Franklin has led them to ranked seasons year after year.

For Pitt, without landing any big-time recruits, they are left with questions heading into the future under Narduzzi.

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Nathan Breisinger, Sports Editor

Sports Editor Nathan is a senior and this is his third year on the Purbalite. He plays hockey and baseball and he can be found watching, listening, or...

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