Woodland Hills tight end Joshua Rawlings was one of the first local players in the Class of 2020 to earn an offer from Pitt, and on Sunday, he put the Panthers in his Top 8 recruiting choices.
Rawlings, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end, listed Pitt along with East Carolina, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Virginia in a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.
Rawlings said that he wanted to pare down his 25 offers to something more manageable and told Pittsburgh Sports Now the reason for including each school in his top group.
East Carolina: ”They don’t have a true tight end on the roster, so I’d have a high chance of being a 4-year starter. And the coaching staff shows nothing but love.”
Vanderbilt: “They have a HIGH caliber academic program and they’re in the SEC which means they play high level of football. Those are both very important to me.”
Virginia: “They also have very good academic program and they play in the ACC. With that, they’re only a 4 1/2 hour drive from home. And they were my first P5 offer.”
Pitt: “They’re a no brainer. Hometown team, get to play in front of my friends and family. New offensive coordinator that incorporates the tight end position in new ways. And those new unis are sweet.”
Iowa State: “I love the new coaching staff, their building something that I’d love to be apart of. I plan on visiting sometime soon.”
Minnesota: “They’re in the B1G and they use the TE position heavily, so with that I am interested in what ways I can be apart of their offense.”
Indiana: “They’re a fairly new relationship that I’ve built and with their history with the TE position I have to take them into account.”
Syracuse: “They have a high-powered offense and a great aerial attack which is great being that I’m a receiver. And the city is beautiful!”
Rawlings is rated as a consensus three-star prospect, and has visited Pitt repeatedly this spring.
“They treat me like I’m already part of the program,” Rawlings told PSN in March. “Every time I go down there it’s just love from everyone.”
Pitt has two commits in the 2020 class already, but does not yet have a tight end — a position that has been a trouble spot in recruiting for the Panthers in the last few years.
The Panthers have seniors Will Gragg and Jim Medure and sophomore Grant Carrigan slated to man the spot in 2019, with freshman Jason Collier enrolling this summer.