By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — While Pitt’s on-field performance in Todd Graham’s first year as head coach has left a lot to be desired, his work on the recruiting trail certainly hasn’t.

Graham and staff appear to already have the running back and quarterback of the future in Rushel Shell and Chad Voytik committed to play for Pitt. All told, the coaching staff has gotten 18 commits, putting them near the top in the country as far as size of recruiting class goes.

What’s more, the quality of that class has caught the eye of several recruiting sites.

Sports Illustrated recently put out its top 50 recruiting classes for 2012 and Pitt came in at 26th, once spot ahead of West Virginia and 10 behind Penn State.

Other lists have Pitt ranked even higher. has Pitt at No. 20, one ahead of WVU and one behind PSU. has Pitt at 35th, ahead of WVU (41st) and behind PSU (22nd).

What seems to be unanimous among all recruiting services is Pitt has the best class in the Big East right now for 2012. That should be comforting to Pitt fans that worried about recruiting when Dave Wannstedt — a great recruiter — was fired.

Top Incoming Recruits:

RB — Rushel Shell, Hopewell High School
QB — Chad Voytik, Cleveland High School (TN)
LB — Dakota Conwell, Upper St. Clair High School
WR — Corey Jones, Penn Hills High School

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog

Watch & Listen LIVE