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Branson Taylor Excited to Join Pitt’s Class of 2020



Pitt’s already impressive Class of 2020 got even better on Friday night when 4-star offensive tackle Branson Taylor committed to the Panthers.

The big lineman (6’6”, 290) from Elyria, Ohio had  impressive offers from over 20+ programs but narrowed it down to Pitt and West Virginia.

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Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Taylor this morning before his team’s practice. While Pitt’s staff played a big role in his commitment, Taylor admitted something else tilted his final decision in favor of the Panthers.

“The current Pitt commits reached out to me and even put me in a group chat and were telling me that they wanted me to be a part of their brotherhood,” said Taylor. “They were talking about how we’re going to do big things in the next 3-4 years. They were very welcoming to me which was a good feeling.”

Taylor hopes this new brotherhood at Pitt is like the one he has at Elyria Catholic High School. A perfect example of that is the reaction his teammates gave him last night when he selected Pitt.

“The crazy thing is I didn’t tell anyone what my decision was aside from my grandmother last night right before our game,” said Taylor. “My teammates were happy for me and so excited. They’re all my brothers and I just have so much love for all of them and everyone in the EC program. I can’t wait to get to Pitt and hopefully create the same type of bond.”

While the players made him feel comfortable so did Pat Narduzzi, Dave Borbely and Pitt’s recruiting staff.

“Coach Borbely said I’d fit in perfectly with their offense because they run a pro style offense. We run a spread but also run a pro style half the time,” said Taylor. “Their whole recruiting staff and all the coaches just showed genuine care for me and my family. Pitt was just the right choice in my eyes.”

Now that this huge decision is behind him, Taylor can focus on his senior season but he already has big goals planned when he arrives at Pitt.

”We’re already talking about winning the ACC Championship. We’re already talking about making it to the National Championship Game. We’re already talking about stuff like that for the future. I know that this recruiting class is going to be a force to be reckoned with. We’re going to accomplish big things.”

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4 years ago

So where did the 4th star come from? Rivals has him as a 3 star.

Joseph Steigerwald
4 years ago
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247 has him as a 4-star. Their “composite” has him as a 3-star because it takes into account both Rivals and 247 and possibly ESPN. Rival 3-star, 247 4-star, ESPN 3-star, 247 composite 3-star.

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