Creating a recruiting pipeline to schools with an abundance of talent is important to any college program and that’s what Pitt is trying to create with Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia.
The first step of actually developing that pipeline occurred on Monday, when Imhotep junior safety Javon McIntyre gave a commitment to Pat Narduzzi’s program.
Following his commitment, McIntyre has used the hashtag #Tep2Pitt with any scholarship offers from Pitt to his current teammates. That hashtag appeared again last night after Cory Sanders offered Imhotep sophomore defensive end Keon Wylie. This was big for Wylie because it was his first D-1 offer.
— 2 (@JavonMcIntyre2) January 21, 2020
“I found out I got the offer from Coach Cy after he told me at the end of the day,” Wylie told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He said ‘Congrats on the Pitt offer’. This first offer means a lot to me because I worked hard to get to the level that I’m at right now. For me to have the chance to play at the next level means a lot to me and for a program like Pitt to offer that means even more.
“Honestly, the offer surprised me because Pitt has been here different times during the off season and I’ve never talked to them. For me to meet Coach [Cory] Sanders for the first time and for him to offer me means a lot. Coach Sanders first asked me was do I know how to run and I said ‘yes.’ Then he asked me how much did I weigh and I said 193. I got on the scale and I actually weighed in at 194.5. I guess he liked what he saw from me and decided to offer me.”
— Keon Wylie (@KeonWylie) November 24, 2019
Wylie becomes the ninth current member of his team to hold an offer from Pitt. Not surprisingly, one of the first people to congratulate him was McIntrye, who will no doubt turn into a Philadelphia recruiter my for the Panther program.
”When I got my offer he said, ‘Congrats lil bro you coming to Pitt with me’? He said it in a joking way though,” said Wylie. “It does feel like Pitt is trying to get a lot of our players and I don’t blame them, because Imhotep produces top athletes. Every college wants the best athletes so why not come to Imhotep where the best athletes are. Having all of us Imhotep players together would be great and would help Pitt.”
Being just a sophomore, Wylie has a lot of time to develop both physically and mentally but right now, he tells us his biggest strength is his mindset and the way he conducts himself.
“On the football field I’m a calm player,” said Wylie. “I think being calm is the best way to be on the field because you can’t lose your train of thought while you on the field. Being calm on the field is a strength for me because it allows me to stay focused on the field. Another strength would be me pass rushing. I ended the season with 10-plus sacks and 15-plus tackles for loss. Another strength I have is helping my teammates on the field. By me doing my job, it makes my teammates job easier.”