Pitt is an attractive option to potential recruits for more than just what they have to offer in terms of football.
From their world class education, to the job networking, the University of Pittsburgh is more than just athletics and that’s something that Malcolm Johnson realizes.
Johnson (6-foot-1. 185 pounds) is one of the top junior receivers in the country, as he’s rated a 4-star recruit by both major recruiting services and one of the Top 200 overall juniors in the country. Johnson has a big-time list of offers that includes Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
Johnson is in the process of narrowing down his list of college options and tells PSN that when he announces that news next week that Pitt will be making his cut.
“When I visited there I just had a great experience,” Johnson tells PSN. “I really felt like Pitt is bigger than football. I just felt like that and what they do offer football wise, that’s something great for my family and I.”
”When I say bigger than football, I’m talking about what Pitt offers you after football. Football isn’t going to last forever and I know that. The fact that they care and highlight that is big. When you’re there, you can really see that they care and it’s not just talk. That’s big to me.”
Johnson (Bryans Road, Maryland) made this unofficial visit to Pitt back in November and since then has been hearing regularly from his lead recruiter, Andre Powell, Chris Beatty and Pat Narduzzi.
”I feel our talks have been going well,” says Johnson. “They’ve really set a good foundation so there’s really not much more that they need to do.”
In terms of making a final decision, Johnson is up in the air because of the Coronavirus. He planned on making upcoming spring visits but they’ve been delayed until campuses re-open.
”I was going to visit South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn but those are on hold.”
Johnson tells me that after making this initial cut next week, he wants to announce a Top 5 by the summer and go from there.
The good news for Pitt is that they’ve at least made Johnson’s first round of cuts.