Jeff Capel received a verbal commitment from Jalen Hood-Schifino, a guard considered among the best in the 2022 class.

Jeff Capel was appointed by Pitt, due to, among others, a reputation he earned over seven seasons as an assistant at Duke to attract some of the most talented, best prospects that have the country.

Late Sunday evening, he landed his first such player in his time with the Panthers.

Jaland Hood-Schifino, a wait in the 2022 class that was rated by the 247 Sports’s composite rankings as a five-star site, the weekend came to an end to Capel and Pitt and announced his decision on his Instagram page.

With 247 as the number 25 player in its class and No. 17 by Rivals.com, Hood-Schifino is the Panthers’s highest position since Steven Adams in the 2012 class. Trey McGowens, a second player who is currently Pitt’s leading points, was the previous highest position of Capel’s 21-month term (on 83, according to Rivals, in the 2018 Class).

The 6-foot-4 Hood-Schifino, a resident of Pittsburgh, spent his childhood in Penn Hills and Charlotte, NC. He is currently playing for Combine Academy in Lincolnton, NC. He also played AAU ball for Team Charlotte and together with the American basketball games junior national team.

If his surname looks familiar, it is because it is so. Hood-Schifino is the cousin of Drew Schifino, a former conspicuous Penn Hills and West Virginia, and Jake Schifino, another resident of Penn Hills and a former recipient of the Broad NFL.

‘ I think I’m a unique player, ‘ wrote Hood-Schifino in his Instagram post. ‘ And Coach Capel is a unique coach. I decided to connect verbally to the University of Pittsburgh. To return to my hometown is an excellent option and will be a wonderful story. ”