The Pitt Panthers were the first Power Five program to extend an offer Class of 2022 three-star offensive tackle Leyton Nelson and his recruitment has been skyrocketing since that time.
After getting the big news from Pitt on Jan. 24, Nelson (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) has picked up offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, USC, Virginia, West Virginia.
Back in January, Nelson told Pittsburgh Sports Now that “I’d like to start making some unofficial visits possibly during spring break and early summer. I’d like to try and make visits up the coast and to any programs that have offered me.”
That obviously isn’t going to be possible considering the surge in Nelson’s recruitment, as he now holds close to 25 Division-I offers. The Orlando, Florida native is going to have a difficult time deciding on just five official visits to make but his first one was scheduled this morning.
Nelson told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s decided to make an official visit to Pitt from the week of June 3-5. This will be the first weekend that the Panthers coaches will host visitors.
Deciding on only five official visits isn’t easy, but the main reason for Nelson deciding on Pitt was that they’ve shown him that they really want him and isn’t just a player that they offered a scholarship to.
“I just really like the relationship I have with the whole coaching staff and everyone there” said Nelson. “They all text me, like Coach Borbely and even Coach Narduzzi. Since getting offered, they’ve all texted me like once a week if not more. They’re up on me and this interest makes me feel very good about going up there to visit and to see them and everything up there to see if they’re a possibility for me later on.
“I feel like they really want me and are so determined to get me. They even text and call my mom weekly, which makes her feel good and comfortable if the time comes in the future for me to commit there that she would be comfortable with them.”
Along with the commitment they’re putting in to recruiting him, Nelson also cited offensive lines coach Dave Borbely and the relationship that they have with the Pittsburgh Steelers as things that pique his interest in Pitt.
Aside from Pitt, Nelson told PSN that the other schools recruiting him the hardest right now are Oregon, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, Central Florida and Miami.
Here is a list of the Pitt official visits that PSN has been able to confirm.