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Pitt Recruiting Notebook: January 16

Pitt Recruiting Notebook: January 16

Stay with the Pittsburgh Sports Now Pitt Recruiting Notebook all day as we keep you updated on all the latest Pitt football and basketball news. This coverage is sponsored by Bill Cummings and our friends at Vocelli’s of Hopewell, Rochester and Dormont.

UPDATE (9:01 PM)-

**Talented junior safety from Norwin picks up another offer.

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**A highly rated lineman from Ohio gets an offer from Pitt. Zeke Correll, a 4-star 2019 lineman from Cincinnati gets the offer. Correll (6-3, 270) is rated by Rivals as one top ten guards in the country with offers from Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Northwestern and Duke.

UPDATE (8:00 PM)-

**Maryland 2019 safety Bryson Shaw (6-2, 175) from Bullis High School received an offer from Pitt. Shaw is a Rivals 3-Star recruit with offers from North Carolina, Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

UPDATE (7:36 PM)-

**Interesting offer tonight by the Panthers as they extend an offer to a senior running back that’s committed to another school. Tyler Badie (5-9, 168), who’s committed to Memphis, got an offer tonight from Pitt. At this point, the only other senior back that Pitt’s recruiting is 4-star recruit Mychale Salahuddin.

UPDATE (7:30 PM)-

**Three-star Florida athlete Teja Young tells PSN that Pitt is no longer involved in his recruitment. Young just de-committed from Colorado State. He had been offered by Pitt over the summer.

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**2019 North Allegheny CB/WR Joey Porter, Jr. received a scholarship offer from Temple on Tuesday.

Porter, the son of former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, holds a Pitt offer as well as offers from Buffalo, Howard, Maryland and Toledo. He is rated as a three star prospect by 247 Sports.

UPDATE (3:13 PM)-

**Penn-Trafford running back John Gay IV received an offer from the new coaching staff at Robert Morris.

Gay, a senior, has offers from Air Force, Cornell, Howard and Navy.

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** Pitt offered New Jersey RB/LB Brian Ugwu on Monday. Ugwu is an interesting offer for the Panthers for a number of reasons. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete could be a legitimate two-way player, something the Panthers have shown a willingness to do under Pat Narduzzi. His film shows a straight-ahead rushing style on offense and a quickness off the edge on defense.

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The other reason Ugwu is an interesting offer for the Panthers is that they’re the first team to offer him a scholarship at any level. Considering that Ugwu’s Hillside Comets won a New Jersey state title in Group II at Rutgers’ home field, it’s pretty interesting that the Panthers were the first to pounce with an offer.

That area of Northern New Jersey has been kind to the Panthers recently. The high schools of Saleem Brightwell, Owen Drexel, Maurice Ffrench and Carter Warren are less than 30 minutes away and the hometowns of Phil Campbell, Chris Clark, Nick Patti and Kenny Pickett aren’t much farther.

Pitt won’t land every prospect they offer from North Jersey, but the combination of recent success and being at the front of the line should bode well for their chances.

UPDATE (11:19 AM)-

** Yesterday, we reported that Gateway’s Courtney Jackson got his first two FBS offers, with Toledo and Akron giving scholarship offers to the 2019 athlete.

Later in the day, he picked up another one, as Bowling Green became the third MAC school to offer Jackson a scholarship.

Toledo didn’t stop at Jackson, either. Looking to continue their WPIAL pipeline, the Rockets offered Jackson’s gateway teammate Jeremiah Josephs and Woodland Hills DB Mike Coleman. The offer was the first one for Coleman, while Josephs, a cornerback, also has an offer to play at Howard.

UPDATE (10:26 AM)-

**Farrell 2019 athlete Jourdan Townsend picked up an offer from Toledo. This is Townsend’s second offer.

UPDATE (10:05 AM)-

**2019 DE Spencer Bono from Cincinnati Elder High School. Bono (6-3, 210) is a 3-Star recruit with early offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa, Iowa State and Toledo.

UPDATE (9:15 AM)-

**Farrell 2019 linebacker Kyi Wright picked up an offer this morning from Maryland. Pitt was the first Power 5 school to offer Wright. Aside from Pitt and Maryland, Wright also holds offers from Syracuse and UCLA.

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UPDATE (7:00 AM)–

** Yesterday, Teja Young, a 3-star athlete from West Palm Beach, Florida de-committed from Colorado State. Young holds a Pitt offer, but it’s not clear if Pitt is still interested in recruiting the 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior. He also holds offers from Illinois and Syracuse, but most of his recent activity has come at the Group of Five level.

Young recently received an offer from Kent State and he visited Toledo in December. Pitt had offered Young in early May. He committed to Colorado State in July.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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