The Pitt Panthers have had success this year landing some of the top talent in Western Pennsylvania with commitments from four-star recruits Elliot Donald and Nahki Johnson, along with three-star safety Stephon Hall.
While they’re still working to land Dorien Ford and Derrick Davis, they officially got in the running for a top 2022 WPIAL player on Wednesday.
Gateway star defensive back and wide receiver Patrick Body Jr. received word from Pitt safeties coach Cory Sanders on Wednesday that his first Power 5 offer came from his hometown school.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up on Wednesday evening with Body to get his thoughts on his first major offer.
”Before practice, Coach Sanders called me and let me know that I had received the offer,” Body told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I kind of felt that it was coming because they’ve obviously already offered Derrick and I’m close to him. He’s been telling me how much they like me so I was kind of just waiting for it.
“I let my mom know about the offer right away. It was great, to get an offer from a major school like Pitt was eye-opening.”
Body is a two-way star for Gateway, starring at both cornerback and wide receiver, but Sanders told him the Panthers are looking at him on the defensive side of the ball.
”They want me to play in the secondary, they didn’t say whether that’s at cornerback or safety because they know I can play both. They told me they like my size (6-foot-1, 185) and the way that I can move,” said Body.
Prior to Pitt’s offer, Body has received scholarship offers from Akron, Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, UMass, Old Dominion, Temple and Toledo, but he admits this offer is different.
”I’ve followed Pitt since I’ve been young because they’re my hometown team. The fact that I was the first  WPIAL player to receive an offer from Pitt is something that means something to me.”
Body told PSN that since Sept. 1 his phone has been busy as he’s heard from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and a number of MAC programs.
With his first Power 5 offer in hand, Body’s focus now is getting his junior season started and working to get better.
”I’m just grateful that we’re getting a chance to play this year because I needed this season,” he said. “I want to have a breakthrough season. I know that I can play high level football, I just need to take all the work I’ve done in the off-season onto the field this season to show others.”
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