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Cory Sanders Hits Recruiting Trail in Western Pennsylvania

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The recruiting trail is getting hot for recruits in the class of 2023, and even some in the class of 2024, and Pitt’s coaching staff is on the trail.

Safeties coach and area recruiter Cory Sanders spent his Friday recruiting a number of schools in Western Pennsylvania. Sanders day started with a stop at Aliquippa High School to check out a quartet of Pitt targets from that school.

Four-star linebacker Cameron Lindsey is a top target on Pitt’s 2024 board, rated as the 129th-ranked recruit in the cycle by Rivals, and he’s been a frequent visitor. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound OLB is one of the best in his class.

Tiqwai Hayes, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound 2025 running back, is a long way away from his commitment date, but the WPIAL Class-4A Player of the Year could be one of the top recruits in the country by then.

2023 safety Donovan Walker and 2024 athlete Brandon Banks haven’t picked up Pitt offers yet, but both have also been frequent visitors in and around Pittsburgh with their teammates and could be personally evaluated later this summer at a Pitt’s prospect camp.

Pittsburgh Sports Now understands that other stops for Sanders included trips to Brashear High School, West Mifflin High School, McKeesport High School, Clairton High School and Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Top 2023 recruit Ta’Mere Robinson currently plays at Brashear, and the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end/outside linebacker is rated as the 133rd-ranked recruit in the class of 2023, slotting in as the 16th-ranked edge and the third-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.

Fellow Brashear recruit Kameron Cheatom, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker, also has picked up major college football interest. The 914th-ranked recruit in the class of 2023, slotting in as the 73rd-ranked linebacker and the 24th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania, has received a handful of college offers.

2024 four-star linebacker Anthony Speca plays at Central Catholic, having picked offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pitt, Penn State, and his teammate wide receiver Peter Gonzalez has also been in demand.

Gonzales (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) is a three-star wide receiver with offers from Miami, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

With some elite recruits in Pennsylvania in the 2023 and 2024 recruiting classes, Sanders and Pitt’s staff have their work cut out for them in keeping top in-state talent home, but it’s off to a strong start with 2024 four-star defensive lineman Jahsear Whittington pledging himself to staying in Pennsylvania — at Pitt.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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