The biggest news today for Pitt was that they were able to sign a fifth defensive back to their Class of 2021.
Three-star cornerback Tamarion Crumpley (Winton Woods High School, Cincinnati, Ohio) signed his Letter of Intent to join the Panthers. Crumpley joins Khalil Anderson, Noah Biglow, Javon McIntyre and Stephon Hall as defensive backs in this years class.
Crumpley (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is someone that Randy Bates has been pursuing for over a year and that picked up in July when Crumpley de-committed from Minnesota. Aside from Pitt, Crumpley also held offers from Wake Forest, Michigan State, Maryland, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Boston College, Kansas, Air Force and a handful of MAC programs.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Crumpley after he de-committed from Minnesota, as he talked to us about the Pitt football program.
“Coach Bates and I have been talking for like every three days now,” said Crumpley. “He and I have always had a cool relationship. He recruits my area so he’s been to see me a lot at Winton Woods High School so I feel like my relationship with Pitt is a really good one. Plus, I took a visit to Pitt already which is important and could be a factor. Pitt was a nice area, had a nice campus, I saw the players and met the coaches. It was a really good atmosphere and I really liked it.”
“Coach Bates like me because they play a lot of man and my high school team and our defense is the same, we play a lot of press defense. He told me that he likes their cornerbacks to be pressed up in the opposing wide receivers face. I can play any type of coverage but normally in a game, we’re in tight man-man coverage.”
Crumpley, who was named All-Southwest Ohio District First Team, takes Pitt’s Class of 2021 up to 21 players.