As the saying goes, “relationships matter” and that certainly appears to be the case with Desaun Williams and Pitt.
Williams is a 2022 3-star offensive guard from Life Christian Academy in Chester, Virginia. On Friday evening, Williams (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) narrowed his list of offers down to just five schools: Pitt, Maryland, West Virginia, Michigan State and Kentucky and afterwards, talked to Pittsburgh Sports Now about the Panthers.
“Pitt and I have the best relationship out of all of my offers and that played a major factor into why they made my top five,” said Williams. “I just talked to Coach Beatty and Coach Borbely the other day and we talk and laugh. The genuine relationship we’ve built is no faking it.”
Another positive factor for Pitt is the fact that during his sophomore season, Williams had the opportunity to make an unofficial visit to Pitt with a group of players from Virginia that made the trip up to Pittsburgh.
“By the way, I’ve also visited Pitt before and I really enjoyed the city. I’m from the country and the thing about me is, I want to explore and as I get older I want to leave from what I’m used to and explore while I’m young. Then when I get older, I want to come back to the country and live.”
“When I visited there, that was the first time I had a chance to meet Coach Borbs. When I arrived at their facility, Pitt was in the middle of a practice but Coach Borbs still took time to come over and greet me, he actually was the first to do so. I then pretty much spent the entire day with him. He broke down how their practices go, he broke down their blocking schemes and we spent a lot of time in his office just talking. Coach Borbs is really just a genuine guy, that’s funny and I can tell that he really wants me.”
— TankWill (@desaunwilliams) July 27, 2020
During their last couple recruiting classes, Pitt has done a solid job adding many offensive tackles and Williams would be a nice pickup at the guard position. At this point, his strengths are his aggressiveness and his ability to run block as he’s shown the ability to dominate opposing defensive tackles.
“They know that my recruitment is coming to and end soon as I’ve let Coach Beatty and Coach Borbs know that. I know that Pitt is a program that can win and I also know about the academics that the university provides. Now it’s just going to be about me determining the best fit for me and who’s the most consistent with me.”
Of his final five schools, Williams has visited Pitt, West Virginia and Maryland but is hoping to make a visit soon to Kentucky and Michigan State if visits are permitted.
“I sort of have an idea of when I want to commit. I’m pushing to commit on June 1, so we’ll see how that goes.”