West Mifflin linebacker Nahki Johnson became the first player to commit to Pitt in the recruiting Class of 2021, as the junior announced his decision to stay at home to play his college football.
“I love my home at Pittsburgh so the real question was why leave,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
— Nahki Johnson (@NahkiJohnson) June 25, 2019
Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker that is rated as a consensus three-star prospect. He chose Pitt over offers from Akron, Central Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, Temple, Toledo, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
He is rated as the No. 9 player in the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 20 outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports composite rating.
Pitt has recently been on a run of commits in the Class of 2020, including a commitment from Westinghouse defensive end Dayon Hayes on Saturday. The Panthers currently have 16 players committed for 2020, with Johnson the first in the Class of 2021.
Pittsburgh Sports Now ranked Johnson as the No. 2 local prospect in the Class of 2021, behind only Gateway’s Derrick Davis. The class is expected to be a strong one for the WPIAL, with Davis, Johnson, Central Catholic defensive lineman Elliot Donald and Baldwin defensive lineman Dorien Ford already receiving Power Five offers.
Johnson was recently ruled ineligible for his junior season by the WPIAL after transferring from Steel Valley to West Mifflin in the winter.
Johnson spent last season at Steel Valley and the Ironmen won a WPIAL under head coach Rod Steele. Steele was hired by West Mifflin after Johnson had transferred. Johnson is expected to appeal the WPIAL’s ruling to the PIAA.
Johnson is the earliest commit Narduzzi has received in his time at Pitt. Exree Loe, a Johnstown defensive back that later de-committed and currently plays for West Virginia, was Pitt’s previous earliest commit under Narduzzi. He gave his verbal pledge on Aug. 16 before his junior season.