What do Erick Hallett and Matthew Amofa have in common? Both recorded interceptions in championship games in 2021, and now both will play at Pitt in 2022.
Amofa (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), a wide receiver/cornerback at Hillsborough in Hillsborough, New Jersey, picked up his preferred walk-on offer from tight ends coach Tim Salem just under a week ago.
And Amofa committed to Pitt Wednesday night, announcing his decision via Twitter. While he wasn’t exactly highly sought-after as a recruit out of Hillsborough, Amofa will look to live out his dream at the collegiate level.
100% Committed!!!! Let’s work pic.twitter.com/60hKTfAwLS
— Matthew Amofa (@M21tt1) March 10, 2022
“First and foremost I would like to Thank God for putting me in this position, without Him none of this would be possible,” Amofa wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank Coach Narduzzi and Coach Salem for giving me an opportunity to play at this level. I would also like to thank my Family, close friends and teammates for having my back throughout this process, you’ve all helped me greatly along the way. It has been one of my dreams to become a Power 5 athlete, and now my dreams are unfolding. With that said, I will be shutting down my commitment and will be committing to the University of Pittsburgh #H2P!!!!!”
Amofa recorded 18 tackles (17 solo), an interception and defended 10 passes as a senior, helping to lead Hillsborough to a 13-0 season and NJSIAA South Group V championship — including two passes defended and an interception.
A handful of local recruits already committed to Pitt as preferred walk-ons since the 2021 season ended, including Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, Chartiers Valley’s Abe Ibrahim, Kiski Area’s Brock Wilkins and Central Catholic’s Josh Altsman.
Pitt’s defensive secondary will need to replace Damarri Mathis as he’s heading to the NFL, but the starting safety duo of Hallett and Brandon Hill return. Marquis Williams is back after playing as Mathis’s partner in 2021, and younger guys like M.J. Devonshire, A.J. Woods and Jahvante Royal are competing to fill the hole in the secondary.
Amofa’s chances of cracking the field in 2022 are nearly impossible, but he will add secondary depth on the roster and look to grow in Pitt’s system in the coming years.
Pitt still has 86 scholarship players currently on the roster, with 85 the limit that’s needed to be reached before the 2022 season. With just three spring practices in the books, a lot could be decided in the coming weeks.