Despite having 17 commitments for their Class of 2019, Pitt is still looking at new prospects to possibly extend offers to.
Players improve during their senior seasons and after putting up consistent performances week after week, programs deem them worthy of a Power Five scholarship.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned of a player that Pitt is currently talking with that fits this description.
2019 defensive end Smith Vilbert from St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale, New Jersey has been regular contact with assistant coach Tim Salem, who recruits the New Jersey area for Pitt.
Vilbert (6-7, 255) is a 3-star recruit that currently holds offers from schools such as Boston College, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Rutgers and Central Florida.
That list of offers becomes more impressive when you consider this is the first year that Vilbert has played high school football.
Prior to this year, Vilbert was strictly a basketball player but with one year left of high school, he decided to give football a try.
“The reason I started playing football this year was because of my high school football coach,” Vilbert told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He said I could do something special with football. If I stay focused and played hard. So I did.”
Is he surprised at all the attention he’s getting?
“I didn’t know I was going to receive these big time offers but I’m thankful that I have.”
At this point, Salem and Pitt haven’t offered yet but Vilbert hopes that they’re the next school that he can add to his list.
Vilbert tells me the biggest thing that colleges coaches are impressed with is “how a guy my size can move around like that.”
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Pitt already has commitments from three defensive ends but keep in mind Signing Day is still three months away and things can change as there’s talk that Pitt could be losing a commitment or two.