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Pat Narduzzi Travels to Massachusetts to Recruit 2023 4-Star OT Samson Okunlola



The Pitt Panthers were fortunate enough to win a recruiting battle for 2022 4-star defensive end Samuel Okunlola and are on a mission to add a family member too.

Samson Okunlola is the younger brother of Samuel and is rated as one of the top overall juniors in the country. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle is a consensus 4-star recruit and is rated as the No. 59 overall player in the Class of 2023. Not surprisingly, Okunlola has a long list of offers from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas A&M, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Landing a commitment from this elite talent won’t be easy but Pat Narduzzi and his coaching staff are doing everything they can to do so.

Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that on Wednesday, Pat Narduzzi and Tim Salem, were at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts to visit Okunlola. They also made a visit to see 2023 4-star wide receiver Ronan Hanafin from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Getting to play with his brother will no doubt be used as a recruiting tool, but Pitt has to come up with more than that. Getting him to make a visit to Pittsburgh would be big and is something the staff is probably trying to make happen.

PSN spoke with Okunlola last week to get an update on his recruitment and to get some factors that will be used to select his eventual school.

“Things are starting to ramp up now as coaches are now more eager for me to come and take more visits,” said Okunlola. “I’m just going to take everything slowly in terms of this recruiting process and my eventual decision. I want to talk to these coaches and really try and get to know them and from there, try and narrow things down to just five and then make my decision on where to go for my official visits. After my officials, I’ll commit if I’m ready, it’s as simple as that.”

“Factors that will be big in my decision will be how the school develops players as both an athlete and as a student. Also, I want to be at a stable coaching staff, the overall vibe I get from the coaching staff and finally, a place that I can get a great education from, which will allow me to be successful after football.”

The final thing we talked about was his feelings about possibly playing with his brother, Samuel Okunlola, a four-star 2022 defensive end that just signed with Pitt. Is that something that would be important to him?

“I’m hearing from Pitt now, I talked with their offensive line coach last week,” Okunlola said. “Me possibly playing with my brother would be cool and all but, in the end, my decision will come down to me going to the best o-line school possible. I’ll look at Pitt and see if that would be best for me and then go from there. I’m taking everything very slowly.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
10 months ago

Looks like another great recruiting prospect. From article it sounds like he’s going to see who he likes! His own man, he made very clear. Really liked our new Offensive Co’ordinator. Was very successful here and worked wonders with Stull. Has reputation as very good Recruiter which is great and enjoys Recruiting.
Still very curious about the Wide Receiver Coach and delay in the hiring.


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