Pitt’s recruiting of defensive backs continue as they’ve extended an offer to an interesting prospect from the state of Florida who has a family connection to Pitt.
Anthony Johnson is a 247 Sport 3-star prospect from Hollywood, Florida who’s actually verbally committed already to Louisville. The thing that stands out about Johnson is his size: 6 foot 2.
“Pitt’s recruiting me as a cornerback. I feel my biggest skill set is my length being 6-2. It will be difficult for quarterbacks to throw the ball vertically with my long frame. They only have a small window and with my long frame, it gives me an advantage. You don’t see many 6-2 cornerbacks,” said Johnson.
Despite just receiving the offer yesterday, Johnson is someone the Pitt staff hasn’t had their eye on for awhile.
“I’ve been talking to them since the spring. I went to the camp they had with Michigan. I’ve then been talking with Coach Salem and their defensive backs coach (Coach Hill). Then over the course last week, Coach Salem came to our practice on Thursday and recorded me on some drills and some 1-on-1 in the practice. Then when I got home (yesterday) my coach called me and told me Pitt offered and want me to come up for a visit after I visit Louisville on the 13th,” said Johnson.
I got an interesting answer from Johnson when I asked him about any knowledge or things that stand out to him about the Pitt program.
“First off, my first cousin Clint Session went there. I’m going to ask him about them and see how he liked it. I’ll then go on a visit and see for myself.”
Session was a 2-year starter for Pitt and a team captain for Dave Wannstedt. Session finished his college career with 259 tackles and eventually was a 4th round pick of the Indianapolis Colts.
Johnson plans on making an official visit to Pitt on January 20th. Despite being currently committed to Louisville, Johnson was appreciative of the offer from the Panthers.
“It’s all a blessing. I don’t look at it as anything but a positive because it’s a blessing from God because a school is acknowledging my talent. I’m just grateful for receiving it especially since it’s a school that my cousin attended. This is all a blessing because there are many kids that play this game but only a few that get to go to college for it.”
I’ll say this, Johnson is a very impressive player and a very mature, well-spoken teenager. He’ll be an asset to whichever school he decides to attend.