Another high school junior has listed Pitt as a finalist as one of their college choices.
Class of 2021 three-star DL Sedarius McConnell (6-foot-2, 245 pounds), from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, announced on Friday evening that his final six schools are Kansas, Louisville, Minnesota, Pitt, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Although he’s never visited Pittsburgh and is still learning about the Panthers program, a relationship that he’s developed made it easy for Pitt to make this initial cut with McConnell.
“Coach [Archie] Collins came to my school to offer and we had a good conversation,” McConnell told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He joked around a lot and it was a really good and funny conversation. That really stood out to me along with the fact that Coach Collins just seemed real and made me feel really comfortable. Each school in my Top 6 are the ones I’m most comfortable with and that I can see myself playing at.”
While he admits to still trying to learn more about the Pitt program, McConnell does have one tie and that’s a friendship with Pitt’s Class of 2020 four-star cornerback Rashad Battle.
“I’ve noticed Pitt’s really trying to recruit Georgia,” McConnell said. “It could be important because then I wouldn’t be the only player from here at Pitt. I could talk to those players about how it is there and what’s it like.”
In terms of his ability on the field, one of the things that’s very attractive to programs is the versatility that McConnell possess because he’s able to play multiple positions on defense.
“I’m able to play both defensive end and defensive tackle,” said McConnell. “When I’m playing defensive tackle, I can use my speed as an advantage. Depending on what down it is, that determines sometimes where I play. One my biggest strengths regardless of what position I’m at is my speed. Right now, a lot of coaches are recruiting me at defensive tackle. Pitt has said a certain position, they’re just saying defensive lineman.”
Now that he’s down to a final six teams, McConnell tells me his next step will be to make visits to these programs in order to gain a personal experience on campus. The talented defensive lineman told PSN that Pitt will get an upcoming visit from him.