Westinghouse’s Hayes Leads Pitt’s Wednesday Signings

See Pitt's full class and hear from Pat Narduzzi

Josh Rowntree
December 18, 2019 - 3:28 pm
Pittsburgh Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi (center) leads the team onto the field to play the Ohio Bobcats at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 20-10.

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Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi introduced his 2020 early signees in this year’s recruiting class Wednesday.

Dayon Hayes, a defensive end from Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh’s City League, was the top commit according to most recruiting services. 

Hayes, a four-star recruit, is arguably the top prospect from the City League in over 20 years, ranked as high as the third-best high schooler in the state of Pennsylvania in this class. 

“I think he’s going to be a hometown hero,” Narduzzi said. “He’s special. You can watch the tape on Dayon, but maybe it doesn’t do justice.”

In his last two season, Hayes registered an astonishing 49.5 sacks, helping Westinghouse to its first City League title in 23 years this season. He had offers from Penn State, Ohio State, West Virginia and Texas A&M, among many others. 

“We wanted to get that guy,” Narduzzi said. “Not only because of his athletic ability, but because of his character, his ability to communicate. There’s just so many great things about Dayon that you like.”

Hayes, according to Narduzzi, regularly sends him ‘goodnight’ and ‘good morning’ texts, and stops in to watch film with the defensive coaches, when allowed, after school. 

Pitt also welcomed 15 other signees during the early signing period, which last three days. One more recruit, four-star wide receiver Jordan Addison, announced that he will sign tomorrow and is expected to keep his verbal commitment to Pitt. According to 247Sports, Addison would become Pitt’s top signee. 

“Of the 16, we got kids from ten different states, which is amazing how far we spread to find this class,” Narduzzi said. “There are really seven from our back yard (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and New York).”

Here is Pitt’s signing class as of Wednesday:

Name                                   Pos.            Ht.              Wt.             Hometown/High School/Last School

Israel Abanikanda              RB               5-11            195             Brooklyn, NY/Abraham Lincoln

Jaylon Barden                     WR              5-11            175             Lizella, GA/Westside

Emmanuel Belgrave          DL               6-3              235             Miami, FL/Miami Southridge Senior

Solomon DeShields           ATH             6-2              200             Millville, NJ/Millville Senior

Dayon Hayes                       DL               6-3              250             Pittsburgh, PA/Westinghouse

Aydin Henningham            WR              6-2              195             Delray Beach, FL/Deerfield Beach

Bangally Kamara                LB                6-1              200             Akron, OH/East

Lucas Krull                           TE                6-6              255             Shawnee, KS/Mill Valley/Florida

Buddy Mack                        DB               6-1              185             Duncan, SC/Byrnes

Daniel Moraga                    TE                6-3              225             Oxnard, CA/Pacifica H.S./Ventura College

AJ Roberts                           LB                6-0              225             Staten Island, NY/Tottenville

Jahvante Royal                   DB               6-3              185             Miramar, FL/St. Thomas Aquinas

Hunter Sellers                    DB               5-11            175             Tyrone, GA/Woodward Academy

Michael Statham                OL               6-7              370             Smyrna, DE/Saint Frances Academy (MD)

Branson Taylor                   OL               6-5              320             Lorain, OH/Elyria Catholic

Samuel Williams                 DL               6-3              210             Pembroke Pines, FL/Calvary Christian Academy

Hear all of Pat Narduzzi’s press conference below.