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Three-star safety Javon McIntyre from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia gave Pat Narduzzi a commitment while visiting Pitt for junior day on Saturday, becoming the third player to commit to Pitt in the Class of 2021.
McIntyre, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety, was an impressive get for Pitt, as he held offers from Penn State, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
McIntyre joins consensus four-star running back Rodney Hammond (Norfolk, Virginia) and four-star defensive end Nahki Johnson (Pittsburgh) in the class. All three of Pitt’s 2021 commitments have held offers from Penn State.
PSN spoke with McIntyre on Sunday night about this big decision and he said that actually decided that Pitt was going to be it prior to arriving on campus.
“Friday night, I knew I was going to commit and I called Coach [Cory] Sanders and asked if they’d take my commitment and they said yes and when I got there I liked everything about it and pulled the trigger on my decision to commit,” McIntyre said. “When I committed, I was in Coach [Pat] Narduzzi’s office with my high school coach and we were talking a little bit. Coach told me that he wanted me to come and be with him for the next four years and I told him I was ready to commit. He jumped out of his seat and was very happy. He shook my hand, gave me a big hug and I signed the 2021 Pitt commit football.”
“It was very important to me with Pitt telling me how much they wanted me. They said I was their No. 1 player on their board for 2021 for my position and they told me that as soon as Damar Hamlin leaves that I’d have a high chance to start which is a very important thing to me.”
Because of his versatility, McIntyre’s future position in college is still to be determined. He was the athletic ability to play either free safety, strong safety and cornerback.
Landing McIntyre is an important get and a big step towards reloading the depth in Pitt’s secondary as they’ll be losing Hamlin, Paris Ford, Jason Pinnock and Damarri Mathis following the 2020 season.
Now that McIntyre is in the fold, Pitt coaches will now turn their attention towards landing commitments from two other Pennsylvania defensive backs in Donovan McMillon of Peters Township and Stephon Hall from Central Valley.