During Pitt’s bye week, the Panthers sent out a total of 16 scholarship offers to prospects in the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 as of Friday afternoon.
Most of the work was done in Florida, with Charlie Partridge and Rob Harley hitting both coasts of the Sunshine State.
One of those Florida prospects offered by the Panthers this week was 2020 Chaminade-Madonna Prep offensive lineman Joseph Habinowski.
Habinowski is a 6-4, 285-pound tackle, transferred to Chaminade-Madonna before his junior season from McArthur High School, and Pitt is his first offer since the move, with the Panthers joining Kentucky, Louisville and Syracuse as Power Five teams to extend an offer.
“My recruiting had been picking up during my sophomore year, when I transferred to Chaminade,” Habinowski said. “It was a business move.”
Getting situated into a new unit hasn’t been easy, and Habinowski said the academic part of attending a Catholic school has been an adjustment, but he feels confident he’s already in a better place.
“It was difficult when I got there in the spring, at the very beginning,” he said. “School is a little bit harder. But I’ve transitioned good and I think it’s going well.”
Partridge visited the Lions’ practice on Tuesday, but per NCAA rules, can’t yet have face-to-face contact with a junior. In fact, Habinowski didn’t even know that there was an extra set of eyes on him that day until his coach called that night to tell him that Pitt had extended an offer.
“I didn’t even see him,” Habinowski said. “I didn’t even know Pitt was at practice. I was really excited.”
Habinowski said his recruitment is still totally open with a long way to go before the Class of 2020 signs, but he’s already trying to narrow down places he’d like to go for camps and official visits next summer. As of right now, Pitt is on that list.
“I definitely want to go to some camps this summer and visiting some school,” he said. “Pitt is definitely one.”
Habinwoski said he knows Kaleb Boateng, a 2019 tackle from Fort Lauderdale that was one of the players that came to Pitt on a huge recruiting visit weekend this June and is still considering the Panthers.
Habinowski is also a heavyweight wrestler, and while he’s not being recruited to wrestle, he has said that schools like that he’s a two-sport athlete.