Pitt received a commitment from a member of the Class of 2021 on Sunday, which is certainly a little bit unusual, considering that class’ late signing period opened way back in February.
But with a strange year with no campus visits and canceled or postponed high school seasons, some players were bound to slip through the cracks.
Pitt hosted one of those players for an official visit on Sunday in Maryland tight end Cole Mitchell. Mitchell was at Pitt for camp on June 19, when he earned a scholarship offer, and returned for his visit this weekend, after which, he announced his commitment.
Linganore was a senior last fall at Linganore High School in Frederick, Maryland, which is right down the road from where Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison played. Mitchell played running back for the Maryland Big 33 team, alongside Pitt recruits wide receiver Jaden Bradley (DeMatha) and long snapper James Fineran (Calvert Hill).
Mitchell lists himself at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds and was going to take a prep school year at IMG Academy in Florida for 2021 before getting his Pitt offer.
Mitchell becomes the 22nd player in Pitt’s Class of 2021 and the third tight end, joining Gavin Bartholomew and Jake Renda. Pitt lost one player in its class since singing when running back Malik Newton was ruled medically ineligible by Pitt’s training staff this spring.
The Panthers are at 84 countable scholarships for the 2021 season.