In the just concluded Class of 2019 Recruiting Class, Pitt technically offered seven WPIAL recruits.
That is, technically because at the end, not all of the offers they extended were committable.
At one point, Pitt offered Will Gipson (Aliquippa), Michael Katic (Pine-Richland), Trent Holler (Latrobe), MJ Devonshire (Aliquippa), Joey Porter (North Allegheny), Jayvon Thrift (Norwin) and Dino Tomlin (Shady Side Academy).
This year, will more than seven local players in the Class of 2020 receive an offer from Pitt?
My early guess to that would be yes.
Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings got the news from Pat Narduzzi that he became the fourth local junior to get the hometown offer joining DE/LB Dayon Hayes (Westinghouse), OT Michael Carmody (Mars) and QB Jack Salopek (Norwin).
The question now is which local player will get the offer from Pitt next?
I believe a few local juniors will have to wait until Pitt’s summer football camps to get the news, but a couple might not have to wait that long.
Here’s my guess on the names that Pitt fans should keep their eye on:
Nikhai Hill-Green, three-star linebacker, North Catholic: Hill-Green already has been offered by Boston College, Duke, UMass, Michigan, Temple, Toledo and Vanderbilt. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the next to receive a Pitt offer.
AJ Beatty, three-star defensive end, Central Catholic: Beatty has a long offer list that includes Rutgers, Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Florida International, Kent State, UMass, Miami Ohio, Ohio and Toledo. Like Hill-Green, it seems like it’s just a matter of time until he hears from Pitt.
A’meer and Amaar Allen, three-star defensive tackles, Central Catholic: Both attended Pitt Junior Day and have received multiple visits in the last month from the Pitt staff. I look for their recruitment to really explode during the season and more teams see more tape of the Allen brothers.
Marques Watson-Trent, defensive back, Blackhawk High School: He’s also received attention from Pitt and might be a player that Pitt wants to see in camp and what he does during his senior season. I think he’s a sleeper athlete in this class and some team is going to be getting a really talented player.
Chase Mitchell, defensive tackle, Washington High School: Mitchell is a mammoth athlete (6-foot-5, 335 pounds) that’s still developing as a player. Mitchell has been in contact with Dave Borbely who’s told him that he’d like to see more aggression from him on the field. Mitchell plans on attending one of Pitt’s camps in the summer.
Josh Kaltenberger, center/guard, Seneca Valley High School: In the last few month, Kaltenberger has received a bunch of offers from MAC programs and will no doubt continue to get more Division I interest. Over the last couple of weeks, Kaltenberger has made unofficial visits to Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Pitt. Who will become the first Power Five program to offer him?
Aakeem Snell, Athlete, Penn Hills: Snell (6-foot-3, 185) is an intriguing player that already holds offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo and William & Mary. With the graduation of a bunch of talented seniors, Snell will be a focal point of the 2019 Penn Hills team and will get plenty of attention from college coaches.