Despite taking in a small number of recruits for their Class of 2022 because of a limited number of available scholarships, Pitt did well as 4 of their 12 signees were ranked as 4-star recruits by either Rivals or 247 Sports.
At the end of the month, the recruiting dead period will end, and high school players will start making unofficial visits to schools that they have some initial interest in.
A number of players that the Pitt Panther staff are heavily pursuing showed up on Rivals list of Top 250 recruits in the Class of 2023.
Here are the major targets and also a few quarterbacks that offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. extended an offer to over the last week.
RIVALS TOP 250 RECRUITS FOR THE CLASS OF 2023:
No. 64 Samson Okunlola: 4-star offensive tackle from Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts). Brother of Pitt 2022 4-star defensive end Samuel Okunlola.
Working Knee jumps with 45 pass sets(6’6 295lbs OT/DT) pic.twitter.com/ruUNrCw4oh
— Samson Okunlola ‘23 (@SAMSONOKUNLOLA_) May 19, 2021
No. 107 Rodney Gallagher: 4-star wide receiver from Laurel Highland High School. Has been a priority for Pitt since his freshman season.
— Rodney Gallagher 3rd (LLC💕) (@Rodney_G3) January 11, 2022
No. 146 Ta’Mere Robinson: 4-star linebacker from Brashear High School. Pitt was the first school to offer Robinson during his freshman season, but they appear to have some catching up to do with Robinson. All indications are that a couple of the Big Ten schools are in the lead for Robinson, with Penn State leading the way.
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— ᴛᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ ③ (@TaMereRobinson3) November 14, 2021
No. 158 Rueben Bain: 4-star defensive end from Miami, Florida. Bain is the Panthers top defensive line target and the staff was excited that Bain made an unofficial visit to Pitt in January. Charlie Partridge is the lead recruiter for Bain.
— Rueben “Hurricane” Bain Jr. (@Ba1nnnn) February 11, 2022
No. 180 Jalen Thompson: 4-star defensive end from Detroit, Michigan. Pitt recently made Thompson’s Top 10 list and he plans on making a visit in the spring.
— Pittsburgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) February 4, 2022
No. 194 Cole Dellinger: 4-star offensive guard from Clarkston, Michigan. Dellinger made an unofficial visit to Pitt last season for their game against Virginia.
— Pittsburgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) November 21, 2021
No. 226 William Fowles: 4-star wide receiver from Miami, Florida. Fowles released his Top 10 schools today and Pitt made the initial cut.
— William 🐶 Fowles (@wfowles_9) September 29, 2021
Recent Quarterback Offers:
No. 54 Christopher Vizzina: 4-star quarterback from Birmingham, Alabama.
— Christopher Vizzina (@vizzina2) February 5, 2022
No. 228 JJ Kohl: 4-star quarterback from Ankeny, Iowa.
— JJ Kohl (@JJKohl3) November 23, 2021
No. 235 Avery Jonson: 4-star quarterback from Maize, Kansas.
— Avery Johnson (@avery2johnson) February 5, 2022