Pitt has put their hat in the ring for a rising defensive end prospect.
3-star defensive end Smith Vilbert from St. Joseph’s High School in Montvale, New Jersey is the latest senior to receive an offer from Pitt.
Vilbert (6-6, 245) also has received offers from Penn State, Oregon, Baylor, Boston College, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, Central Florida and Virginia.
At this point, Vilbert tells PSN that he doesn’t have a favorite or even a top five. In fact, Vilbert believes that’s a reason he heard from Pitt.
He believes Pitt didn’t offer sooner because they thought he was already a heavy lean towards a school.
Vilbert tells me that’s not the case and that he’s 100% wide open to any school.
Although they’re a bit behind, Pitt is going to do what they can to recruit this highly, talented defensive prospect.
“Coach Salem and Coach Patton have been in touch for a while,” said Vilbert. “They told my head coach about the offer and he told me.”
”They love my athleticism and for my size, I can move and get to the quarterback.”
Vilbert tells me that most schools want him as a defensive end but some have even mentioned moving him to tight end. Pitt is looking at him as a defensive end.
“I’m 100% open to anything.”
Vilbert doesn’t plan to get to serious about recruiting as far as visits until after his high school season is over with. At that time, how’s he going to determine which schools to make official visits to?
”I want to go to a place where I feel that the coaches act like they really want me and a place that feels like family to me,” said Vilbert.”
Right now, Vilbert says that the schools showing him the most interest are Oregon, Virginia, Boston College, Rutgers and Nebraska.
Despite getting in late, Vilbert tells me Pitt isn’t behind any schools and is interested in learning more about them and what the coaches have to say to him.