Pitt's football recruiting class is very average so far, at least according to rankings. Rivals.com, scout.com and 247sports.com all have Pitt's class of 19 players ranked in the 40s nationally.
A handful of WPIAL players could have a big impact on whether Pitt's class makes a jump in the rankings.
Pitt is waiting for decisions from four top WPIAL players and at least two of them will make their decisions in the next few weeks. The four are Aliquippa defensive back Dravon Henry, Washington running back Shai McKenzie, Gateway defensive back Montae Nicholson and Mt. Lebanon offensive lineman Alex Bookser. Henry tweeted Monday night that he will make his decision next Monday and McKenzie plans to announce his decision Dec. 20. Nicholson and Bookser haven't said when they will make their decisions.
Pitt can't live off WPIAL players. These days, there just aren't enough top prospects in the area. But it certainly helps to get the best in the area and Henry, McKenzie, Nicholson and Bookser could have big effects on Pitt's class. Among Pitt's 19 recruits so far, the only four-star recruit (according to rivals.com) is offensive lineman Mike Grimm of Bethel Park. Henry, Nicholson and McKenzie are all four-star recruits, even though McKenzie played only three games this year because of a torn ACL.
Henry (pictured) has changed his list of favorite schools a few times. Just last week he said Pitt, West Virginia, Miami, Maryland and Louisville were his top five and that he wanted to visit all of them. Now he says he is a week away from deciding.
The two constants on his list have always been Pitt and West Virginia - and one of them will win out. Coaches from both schools made visits with Henry at his home Sunday and Monday. Henry is being recruited as a defensive back, but he also played running back at Aliquippa.
McKenzie (pictured) is a few weeks away from announcing his decision and still has one more visit planned to Georgia Tech. His mother lives in the Atlanta area, but will that affect his decision? His other three finalists are Pitt, Virginia Tech and Florida State, and he has made official visits to all three.
McKenzie is rehabilitating from the knee injury he suffered early in the season. He had surgery on the knee. He plans to graduate early and start college the spring semester.
Bookser might not make a decision until January. He visited Tennessee two weekends ago and was scheduled to go to Penn State this past weekend. He has a visit planned to Ohio State this weekend and to Pitt in mid-January.
Nicholson has already made five official visits to Pitt, Florida State, Michigan State, Oregon and Virginia Tech.
Nicholson has said he would also like to possibly run track in college.