Oluwatosin Babalade didn’t arrive in Pittsburgh in time for Pitt’s first spring practice at Heinz Field this year, but he didn’t need to watch practice to see that Pitt is a place he’d like to return to in the future.
Babalade, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound three-star offensive tackle from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland, made his first unofficial visit to Pitt Saturday, and he told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’ll likely be back in town for an official visit later this year.
With offers from Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Liberty, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Ohio, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Toledo, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, Pitt was one of the first schools to bring the talented junior in for a visit.
“I was mainly talking to coach (Andre) Powell,” Babalade said. “It’s been great. He always wanted me to come up there and check it out, he always said it was a great place, and I just had to come out and see how it was.
“It was really nice. It was great. I’ll actually come again, I plan to take my official visit with them, but I’m not really sure yet.”
Babalade wasn’t around for practice Saturday, but he was able to tour the facilities back on the South Side, pose with the ACC championship trophy and get to interact with the coaching staff and other top recruits in Pittsburgh, and it was the off-field discussions that made the biggest impact.
“(The coaches) were talking about how students can make their own money and stuff,” Babalade said. “You know, business and how to give back to the community and that really touched me.”
While it’s too early in Babalade’s recruiting process for even him to have put together any sort of ranking of his top schools yet, Pitt has made an early impact in making him feel welcomed.
“It’s been in the middle,” Babalade said about his entire recruiting process. “It’s kinda stressful because you’ve gotta choose pretty soon. I’ve just been taking my time and seeing how it goes.”
The next few months could be the start of Babalade’s recruiting chase really heating up, after attending North Carolina’s Junior Day in March and making his unofficial Pitt visit, and he plans to visit Rutgers and Miami in the near future.
247Sports hasn’t yet ranked Babalade, but Rivals has given him a 5.5 rating and ranked him as the 13th-rated recruit in Maryland — with fellow visitors Desmond Umeozulu and Mason Robinson ranking as the second- and fourth-rated recruits from Maryland.
Pitt has brought in some highly-rated offensive linemen in recent seasons, and Babalade could be the next of the bunch if his recruiting process with Pitt continues on the right path.