Florida cornerback recruit Damarri Mathis headed to Pitt
December 22, 2016 8:51 PM
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi got his fourth commitment, third from a high school prospect and second from a defensive recruit in a little more than a week.
By Brian Batko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pitt football team landed a recruit at one of its primary positions of need Thursday evening.
Cornerback Damarri Mathis, a three-star prospect out of Florida powerhouse Lakeland High School, tweeted his commitment to coach Pat Narduzzi to give the Panthers their 19th player in the 2017 class (20 including graduate-transfer quarterback Max Browne).
“I am very excited to announce that I will be furthering my football talents and education at the University of Pittsburgh. … This is truly a blessing!” read a Twitter post from Mathis.
Pitt missed out on its main cornerback target in Clairton High School star Lamont Wade, who picked Penn State last weekend. But Mathis, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, visited Pitt two weeks ago after decommitting from South Carolina late last month.
Mathis is Narduzzi’s lone cornerback in this class after bringing in five last season. Pitt is on a recruiting surge of late, gaining pledges from four players now in the past eight days, including two other high school seniors from Florida in offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. and defensive end Deslin Alexandre. Browne, who could be next year’s starting quarterback, also committed last week.
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