Kenny Woseley, Jr. is only 170 pounds, thin, by his own standards, but with some of the meals made at Pitt’s South Side facility? That might help him put on a few pounds.
After trying the chicken parm, an instant standout during his cross-state trek last week, Pitt’s cafeteria stands out, but it was the overall process that made Pitt “feel like home” for Woseley.
“They made me feel at home, even though I was six hours away, they made me feel at home,” Woseley told PSN. “The facilities are great, having the lounge — the lounge was actually crazy. They have a team meeting room, so they have different meeting rooms upstairs, and then the team meeting room that’s the defensive and offensive room. They have a soundproof wall in-between, so the defense is having meetings at one time and the offense is having meetings on the other side at the same time. During camp it gets hectic, they said.”
Woseley, a 2024 three-star cornerback from Imhotep Charter High School in Philadelphia, made a trip out to Pittsburgh for the first time Thursday, along with locals Jahsear Whittington and Willy Love.
After having built a relationship with defensive backs coach Cory Sanders, picking up his first college offer from Sanders and Pitt, he was able to meet with head coach Pat Narduzzi, defensive coordinator Randy Bates and secondary coach Archie Collins for the first time.
“(Sanders and Collins) said they love my game,” Woseley said. “They said, being a young guy, they know I’m gonna grow and actually get better, they said it’s a good thing. And I met coach Collins because I’d never met him before, and when we walked into his office, he was making a cutup for (Damarri Mathis) who is going to the NFL … so we talked some ball, he played some film for me.”
While Mathis, Pitt’s star boundary cornerback in 2021, is off to the NFL, Woseley is actually familiar with another Pitt defensive back.
Javon McIntyre, who wasn’t able to put together a senior season at Imhotep in 2020 because of Covid, is a rising redshirt freshman at Pitt now. And he’s already been playing the recruiter in bringing Woseley out to Pittsburgh.
Woseley said McIntyre has been pushing hard for him to make it out to Pittsburgh this spring, but he’s also been a resource in learning about not just Pitt but college football as a whole.
The game is faster, much faster than the high school level, and the responsibility and accountability needed at the next level are much higher, but McIntyre was able to impart some of that wisdom upon Woseley.
And, of course, Pitt has that added level of sharing a facility with the Steelers. The accountability and responsibility of working directly next to the professionals wear off. And, Woseley said, he knows that Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin even lets Pitt players sit on the end of the bench on occasion to watch practice.
“I like that because it gives me more opportunities to learn from NFL players, actually get coached up by an NFL coaching staff and also probably critiqued by them if they pop up,” Woseley said. “If something’s wrong, they’ll probably tell you what they think is best to do to fix it.
“We always talk about wanting to get to the next level,” Woseley said. “Unfortunately, everybody couldn’t get to that level. Up there, we’ve got lots of opportunities to make it to the next level, and I think that’s something great about Pitt.”
Woseley has picked up offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
247Sports rates him as a three-star recruit, slotting in as the 34th-ranked cornerback and the eighth-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania. Rivals also rates him as a three-star recruit, slotting in as the 28th-ranked cornerback and the 13th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.
Woseley and his teammates plan to return to Pittsburgh this summer for a 7-on-7 competition, and Pitt will definitely need to have him return to campus for another visit in the future, but the initial visit has locked in a strong foundation.
“I would just base it off of me going on visits, and I’m going on five visits, so I would say No. 1, No. 2,” Woseley said about Pitt.