College football recruiting has been in a dead period since the middle of December but that will change this week.
Starting on Friday, in-person recruiting is once again permitted, which not only means coaches will be back on the road, but players will start making official and unofficial visits.
The Pitt football staff hasn’t wasted any time getting some of their most important targets to make visits. On Friday, 2023 3-star safety Kahlil Ali tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’ll be making his first visit ever to Pittsburgh for an unofficial visit. Ali (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is from Pennsauken, New Jersey and holds Power Five offers from Pitt, Boston College, Florida State, Illinois, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia.
“This is definitely an exciting time, and I was really excited when Coach Sanders texted me and wanted to see if I wanted to come up for an unofficial visit to Pitt on the 14th,” said Ali. “I said ‘Of course, that would be a perfect time to come visit. Even before he asked me, Pitt was definitely a school that I planned on coming to visit. Between talking to Coach Narduzzi like two times every week and I’ve been talking to Coach Sanders like almost every other day, they’ve definitely given me the feeling that I’m wanted by that program. Because of that, I really want to check them out and to see what they have to offer and what they’re all about. My plan is to come up in January and then make a return visit in the spring.”
Ali is getting pursued and contacted by many Power Five programs but it was very apparent that he’s appreciating the consistent contact he’s received by Pitt. To him, it doesn’t just feel like they offered him a scholarship, they’re making a serious effort to try and land him.
“That is definitely playing a part in my recruitment. In the end, it’s going to be important for me to go to a program that really wants me and shows me real love. Pitt is definitely doing that and is a real option right now so it’s going to be important for me to get up there and learn more about them and to see what they have to offer, like I said. But by getting the chance to talk with them and build our relationship, I can tell how much they want me.”
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“I really want to see Pitt’s campus and learn about their education programs because my college choice is going to be about more than just football,” said Ali. “I want to go to a place where they can build me to be a better person both on and off the field. So, I’m really looking forward to walking their campus and the school to see how they are.”
Ali’s decision will also come down to a football decision and he admits to being very impressed with what he saw this season from Pat Narduzzi’s program.
“They shocked, surprised and really impressed me by winning the ACC Championship and also how they competed in the bowl game even without their starting quarterback. Despite having to go with their third string quarterback, they competed hard and played very well. They kept balling hard which really surprised me at how well they did. That shows me that the coaches get them prepared and they just go with the next man up and once someone goes down, someone else has to step up. I was very impressed with them and Pitt definitely had a great season.”
Ali tells PSN that most schools are recruiting him as a safety but he believes that down the road, he has the potential to also play cornerback if needed.