New Jersey tight end Jake Renda has committed to Pitt, flipping his commitment to the Panthers from Michigan State, Renda announced on Twitter on Monday.
— Jake Renda (@Jake_Renda) August 11, 2020
Renda, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Trenton, New Jersey, plays at prep powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
A consensus three-star recruit, Renda is rated as the No. 66 tight end in the country by 247 Sports’ composite rating.
Pitt first offered Renda on July 24, and that was the only offer Renda publicly acknowledged since committing to Michigan State on July 4. Before committing to the Spartans, Renda also held offers from Arizona, Boston College, Central Michigan, FIU, NC State and Old Dominion.
Renda was originally a quarterback at Notre Dame High School in Lawrence, New Jersey.
He’ll join Utah native Trey Andersen as tight end commits in Pitt’s Class of 2021, giving the Panthers a pair of players at a position where they’ve struggled with numbers over the last few seasons. Pitt is set to enter the 2020 season with Florida graduate transfer Lucas Krull as its starting tight end, leaving the position available for newcomers in 2021.