Pitt’s recent recruiting efforts in Texas has landed the Panthers a player.
Class of 2022 safety/linebacker Marquan Pope announced Saturday evening during his official visit that he had committed to the Panthers. Pope (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) is from Denton, Texas and his chief recruits have been defensive coordinator Randy Bates and Ryan Manalac. Pope committed to Pitt over other offers from Kansas, Air Force, Army, Navy, Liberty, Tulsa and Northern Arizona.
“First of all, I would like to thank my family and my coaches for helping me make this decision and being very supportive throughout this whole process. I would also like to thank God because without him I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. With that being said, I am blessed to announce my commitment to the University of Pittsburgh,” said Pope via Twitter.
Pope becomes the Panthers seventh member of their Class of 2022 and the the fourth defensive player, joining defensive back Ryland Gandy, defensive end Jimmy Scott and defensive tackle Sean FitzSimmons.
This is the second consecutive year that Pitt has landed a commitment from a player from Texas. Last season, it was quarterback Nate Yarnell (Austin, Texas). Junior safety Erick Hallett II is a Cypress, Texas native.
Pitt is looking to add another player from the Lone Star state to this years class, as they’re pursing three-star athlete Che Nwabuko (Manor, Texas), who’s also on an official visit this weekend.