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Woodland Hills TE Josh Rawlings Commits to Virginia



For the longest time, it appeared as though Josh Rawlings would be a slam dunk recruit for Pitt. However, as is often the case, not everything in recruiting is as it seems.

The three-star tight end from Woodland Hills made his decision Sunday night and selected Virginia over Pitt and Vanderbilt. He said his official visit to Charlottesville was what swayed him toward the Cavaliers.

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“In all honesty, Virginia was at the bottom of my Top 3 before the visits,” Rawlings said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. The other two being Vandy and Pitt. But when I got there, I had a feeling of ‘I don’t want to leave’ and I didn’t feel that anywhere else. I always felt that I should weigh my decisions at the other schools.”

Rawlings had over 25 offers and made official visits to Virginia, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and was at Pitt this past weekend.

Rawlings joins Sharpsville four-star OT Ja’Quay Hubbard as Western Pennsylvania players that have committed to Virginia in the last year. North Allegheny offensive lineman Derek Devin redshirted as a true freshman with the Cavaliers in 2018 and Thomas Jefferson linebacker Zane Zandier made eight starts as a sophomore.

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Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
4 years ago

another local prima donna going somewhere else what a surprise

4 years ago

Kid could play in his backyard – possibly start as a frosh and with the way Narduzzi is crushing his recruiting, he gets enamored with Bronco Mendenhall? Gotta be more to this decision.

Bob Cardy
Bob Cardy
4 years ago

I don’t blame the kid at all. Pitt needs to show this season they will incorporate the TE into the offense. The last two years the TE has been strictly a blocker, and no high school TEs with NFL dreams want to play in that system. We are expecting significant passing game improvement from the new OC, but high school kids want to see it in action. Virginia has a history of producing NFL TEs. Pitt hasn’t produced a productive NFL TE since Ditka. Nate Bynham was a blocker primarity, Doran had a year or two, John Brown, Ornsdorf and… Read more »

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