Narduzzi Praises ‘Superior’ Recruiting Class

18 players sign early, including quarterback recruit

Josh Rowntree
December 19, 2018 - 5:34 pm
Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi at a press conference in December of 2018

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On Wednesday, Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi announced his 2019 early signing period class, which included 18 recruits from around the Eastern side of the country.

“We’ve done a great job, with our recruiting office, to get a better quality athlete here at the University of Pittsburgh,” Narduzzi said. “Each year, I think, we’ve improved our depth. And I think that’s a reason we were in the (ACC) Championship Game. It’s not about having the best players… it’s about having quality from top to bottom.”

Pitt’s class is currently ranked 44th in the country, according to 247Sports. 

“When you look at the class, overall, it’s a very versatile group,” Narduzzi said. “We’ve got eight guys on offense, ten on defense. It’s a great variety.”

This class is unique in that half of the players committed on a single day. Pitt hosted a recruiting weekend in the summer in which nine players committed on June 18. Narduzzi thinks highly of the togetherness of the class.

“I want to thank our class, that they had trust in who we were,” he said. “I know, early in the year, we were struggling at one point and not winning a lot of games. But I thank those guys for sticking with us through the hard times. For the most part, we held on to everyone in a volatile recruiting market.”

He also sees strong leadership qualities. 

“17 out of the 18 were captains,” he said. “In high school, your best players aren’t always captains because it takes more than just a good player that can run and catch and lay a block on somebody.”

A pair of 3-star skill position players highlight the class in running back Daniel Carter from St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida and quarterback Davis Beville, a 6-foot-6 pro style passer from Greenville, South Carolina. 

“The first thing that comes to my mind is loyalty,” Narduzzi said of Beville. “This guy is a big time quarterback that we’re excited to have in here. Davis is a tremendous student athlete. He’s a big time quarterback, a gunslinger. He can sling it. A really smart kid.”

Beville, if and when he works into the starting lineup, may have a pair of talented backs to hand off to.

“We went in saying we want two tailbacks, a big back and a small back,” Narduzzi said. “We just wanted that 1-2 punch, like an (Qadree) Ollison and Darrin Hall. Daniel Carter is one of those big backs. He’s explosive.”

The smaller back, Vince Davis of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, should provide some speed to counterbalance Davis’ power.

“Vince Davis really led his football team to their first state championship,” Narduzzi added. “Another guy that’s got a lot of wiggle. He’s the leader of this class. They have these group chats and Vince is kind of the leader.”

The class has just one WPIAL product in Aliquippa wide receiver Will Gipson. 

“We’re fired up to have him,” Narduzzi said. “I took a Friday night and watched him at home at The Pitt (in Aliquippa). I was there watching a couple of players and that guy caught my eye. He’s a football player, he runs, he tracks down the football.”

Hear all of what Narduzzi had to say about his 2019 early signing period recruiting class below.