Connecticut high school football isn’t exactly a hotbed for major Division I teams, but two brothers from the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut are changing that.
And now Pitt is attempting to climb into that action itself.
2024 four-star defensive lineman Jerod Smith received an offer from Pitt Tuesday night, and his brother, 2024 four-star defensive end Jacob Smith, picked up his offer from Pitt less than a day later.
— Jerod Smith (@Jerodsmith44) April 27, 2022
Grateful to receive an offer to play at @Pitt_FB. Thank you @Coach_JDiBiaso @CoachDuzzPittFB @coachbanks9 @BrianDohn247 @RivalsFriedman @PantherLair @DemetricDWarren @ChadSimmons_ @JeremyO_Johnson pic.twitter.com/0q5JiDNk21
— Jacob Smith (@Jacobsmith162) April 27, 2022
Pitt’s defensive line depth is very strong through the 2024 season, even more so with four-star defensive lineman Jahsear Whittington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) pledging himself as Pitt’s first commit in the class of 2024, but Charlie Partridge and company recruit the defensive line as hard — if not more so — than any other unit.
Jerod and Jacob may or may not be a package deal at the college level, but the talented brothers would be a strong addition at any level of Division I football.
Jerod (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) recorded 44 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 12 sacks and Jacob (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) recorded 49 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, seven sacks and a pass defended on a 9-1 Loomis Chaffee squad as sophomores.
Jerod is rated as the 55th-ranked recruit in the cycle (eighth-ranked defensive lineman and top-ranked recruit from Connecticut) according to 247Sports while he’s ranked as the 210th-ranked recruit in the cycle (17th-ranked strongside defensive end) by Rivals.
Jacob is rated as the 72nd-ranked recruit in the cycle (seventh-ranked edge and second-ranked recruit from Connecticut) according to 247Sports while he’s ranked as the 152nd-ranked recruit in the cycle (eighth-ranked strongside defensive end) by Rivals.
Jerod holds offers from Kentucky, Arizona, Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest while Jacob holds the same offers — plus Michigan.
247Sports currently projects the brothers to commit to Kentucky, but Rivals hasn’t yet made a prediction.
It’ll be vital for Pitt to land the brothers on an unofficial or camp visit this summer, in the hopes of working toward official visits down the line. Jerod and Jacob were most recently at Penn State for its spring game.