Elliot Donald and Dorien Ford were two defensive tackles that Pitt was able to add to their roster in December and they’re in position to possibly add another one soon.
2022 3-star defensive tackle C.J. Doggette (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) from Pickerington, Ohio released a top six that included Pitt, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, West Virginia and Washington State. Making Doggette’s initial cut is important because he plans on making his decision in the near future.
“I plan to make a final decision on March 6th, on my mom’s birthday” Doggette tells PSN following the release of his top six.
Doggette is a player that the Pitt program has shown to have serious interest in landing. In fact, when programs were first permitted to contact players in the Class of 2022 on September 1, Pat Narduzzi and then Pitt assistant Rob Harley were the first coaches to contact Doggette at midnight.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance to catch up with this versatile defensive lineman to get his thoughts on Pitt and what’s impressed him the most and the reasons for them making his cut.
“Pitt made my top six because they produce great defensive lineman and they are a great program all together,” said Doggette. “What the Pitt defensive lineman do while they are in college is crazy and being able to produce good d-lineman is an important part for me.”
“Also, the coaching staff and I also have a good relationship and that is a big part for my upcoming final decision. Coach Harley was my main recruiter but since he is gone now, I have been more in touch with Coach Partridge. He is a great coach and that shows on the stats for his defensive line every game day. I’ve stayed in touch with Pitt since September 1 and we text every other week.”
hudle updated…full link in bio…DT, DE and NG pic.twitter.com/x6ZNEgTYZe
— CJ Doggette Jr. (@cjdoggette_2022) January 15, 2021
Doggette has played multiple positions while at Pickerington Central High School. During his sophomore season, Doggette played mostly defensive end but this past season, he switched over to defensive tackle because that’s the spot he plans on playing in college.
Despite being relatively close to Pittsburgh, the Ohio native tells PSN that he’s never visited Pitt but planned to prior to the lockdown in recruiting last March.