The first player to commit to Pitt in the Class of 2022 has made a change in his decision.
Ohio safety Aveon Grose, who committed to Pitt in September, announced on Friday that he is re-opening his recruitment.
“After some thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw my commitment to Pitt,” Grose wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank the coaches for the opportunity. My recruitment is open, and I will be exploring other options.”
After some thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw my commitment to Pitt. I would like to thank the coaches for the opportunity. My recruitment is open, and I will be exploring other options.
— Aveon Grose (@AveonGrose) June 18, 2021
A 5-foot-11, 170-pound safety from Mansfield, Ohio, Grose had offers to Akron, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and Toledo before committing to the Panthers. He did not take an official visit to Pitt.
Grose is the second of Pitt’s early 2022 pledges that is no longer committed to the team. PSN has also confirmed that the Panthers are no longer recruiting 2022 Smyrna, Delaware defensive tackle Elijah Statham, who committed to the Panthers in January.
Grose’s departure leaves Pitt with six announced commits in the class: Central Valley DT Sean Fitzsimmons, Australian punter Sam Vander Haar, Tampa RB Jordaan Bailey, New York DE Jimmy Scott, New York WR Addison Copeland and Georgia CB Ryland Gandy.
With those six commitments, Pitt’s class is ranked 47th nationally by 247 Sports.
Because of the extra year of eligibility granted to all players for the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the expected expiration of the waiver that allows teams to exceed the 85-man scholarship limit in 2021, the Panthers are already four players over the 85-player scholarship limit for 2022, pending any departures. Pitt is still actively recruiting many more recruits in the Class of 2022.