Pitt received its 23rd commitment in the Class of 2021 on Friday and it’s a big one, as the Panthers landed four-star Virginia defensive end and former LSU commit Naquan Brown.
Brown de-committed from LSU on Thursday after having given his pledge to the Tigers and coach Ed Orgeron in July.
Brown is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound lineman from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia, which is the same high school as Pitt wide receiver commit Myles Alston.
Brown is rated as a consensus four-star prospect and is the No. 224 player in the country, No. 6 player in Virginia and No. 16 weak-side defensive end in the nation, according to 247 Sports composite ranking.
With Brown in the fold, the Panthers’ top four 2021 recruits are all defensive linemen, as he’ll join four-star defensive end Nahki Johnson, four-star defensive tackle Elliot Donald and three-star defensive tackle Dorien Ford.
Pitt was originally a finalist for Brown, along with LSU, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, before he originally chose LSU.
Brown has an extensive offer list, with scholarships from Boston College, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Liberty, Louisville, Maryland, UMass, Miami, Michigan, NC State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, TCU, Temple, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
He is the fourth Pitt commit in the Class of 2021 to come from Virginia, joining his teammate Alston and Norfolk running backs Rodney Hammond and Malik Newton. Pitt wide receivers coach Chris Beatty has been the principal recruiter for all of Pitt’s Virginia recruits.