Pitt is losing a member of last year’s Class of 2021, as offensive lineman Kyle Fugedi will not be joining the program this fall.
Chris Fugedi, Kyle’s father, confirmed to Pittsburgh Sports Now that his son has requested a release from his National Letter of Intent to play at Pitt. Fugedi did not report to Pitt on June 13, which was the date all freshman were supposed to arrive on campus.
Fugedi is a three-star offensive tackle from Franklin High School in Livonia, Michigan. Fugedi signed with Pitt in December, after de-committing from Miami University in Ohio.
Chris Fugedi gave the following statement to PSN:
“(Kyle) had a lot of anxiety about going to school so far from home and never reported on June 13. He was all packed and ready to go and told his mom and I on the night of the 12th that he couldn’t do it. We had no idea. Not being able to go on an official/unofficial visit or meeting the coaches in person because of COVID had a lot to do with his anxiety about going. We tried everything but he wouldn’t change his mind. Pitt coaches and staff have been great through all of this. He still wants to go to school and play football, he just wants to do it in-state, somewhere closer to home, but just not sure what opportunities he’ll have at this point in the year. It was a huge opportunity to walk away from, but we support him and want him to be successful and not be filled with anxiety.”
Originally, Pitt received commitments from four offensive lineman in the last recruiting class but that now is down to two following this news and Michigan three-star offensive tackle commit Brandon Honorable choosing to attend Western Michigan after not signing with Pitt.