The Pitt Panthers were successful in landing a hybrid DE/LB, Naquan Brown, back in the December National Signing Period and have their eyes on the same type of player for the Class of 2022.
That player is 3-star LB/DE Keon Wylie from Imhotep Charter School in Philadelphia. Back in October, Wylie narrowed down his long list of offers down to 11 schools and trimmed it even further on Saturday.
Wylie (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) announced on Twitter that his Top Six schools were: Pitt, Penn State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Michigan. The talented pass-rushing specialist has also been offered by Maryland, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee, NC State and Virginia Tech.
Wylie is high school teammates with Pitt 2021 signee safety Javon McIntyre and was recruited by Cory Sanders, while he was also going after McIntyre. It should also be pointed out that Pitt was Wylie’s first D-1 offer back in January of 2020.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Wylie back in October and got his early impressions of Pitt and Pat Narduzzi and why they made his initial cut of 11.
“I really like the attention that the head coach Coach Pat has given me,” said Wylie. “He’s texted me often and when the head coach does that, I believe that says a lot about how they feel about me. The head coach is the busiest coach but he’s taking the time to text me a lot so that tells me that they really want me. Coach Cory also texts me a lot and he’s the one that initially offered me back in January when he came to our school.
“Back on September 1, Coach Pat started texting me and really started introducing himself to me. After that, he started texting me about the games, who they played and asked me if I was watching or going to watch. He’s also been sending me different defensive stats that they hold, stuff they lead in and tells me they want a guy like me on their defense.”
Pitt is trying to sell Wylie on being the next great pass rusher on the Panthers defense and he believes his skillset would allow him to do so.
“I can stop the run but my real strength is that I believe that I’m a great pass rusher,” said Wylie. “I do both well but my pass rushing skills are a little bit better. Pitt has a good defensive line coach that puts in real good schemes the defensive lineman to the quarterback, which is good.”