Another day, another 2023 recruit that’s included Pitt in his list of top contenders.
Jordan Church, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound three-star offensive tackle from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, narrowed down his offer sheet to just Pitt, Florida State, Louisville, Missouri and Tennessee.
“I love the direction the program is heading,” Church told Pittsburgh Sports Now, “and the city is one I can see myself living in after football.”
— Jordan(Big J)Church ✪ (@B1GJay77) April 28, 2022
Church visited Pittsburgh at the end of March, flying up for a Saturday spring practice at Heinz Field, and he spoke positively of his visit.
“My talk with Coach Borbely was good, we talked about a lot of stuff, like point of contact, the plays they do, how they run their practices,” Church told PSN in March. “… He answered all of my questions. Coach Narduzzi, we had a really down-to-earth conversation. My cousin, Shocky Jacques-Louis, played for Pitt and I was telling him about what Shocky said about Pitt, which was all good things. He asked me about what I thought about Coach Borbely and I told him that I liked him a lot.”
Church began his high school career at Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, Florida, not allowing a sack as Dunbar’s starting left tackle as a junior in 2021, before transferring to IMG ahead of this season. With All-County and All-State honors, he was one of the top overall offensive players in Florida in 2021.
247Sports rates Church as the 828th-ranked recruit in the class of 2023, slotting in as the 62nd-ranked interior offensive lineman and the 120th-ranked recruit from Florida. Rivals hasn’t ranked him yet, but he does hold a 5.6 Rivals Rating.
Both 247Sports and Rivals have projected Church to land with Louisville, with Church already scheduling an official visit, but Pitt has clearly stood out enough to make the Top 5. And now Pitt’s staff will need to find a way to lure Church to Pittsburgh for an official himself.
Pitt has landed in the finalist tier for a couple of 2023 recruits over the last few weeks, including: three-star tight end Vance Bolyard (Greensboro, North Carolina), three-star defensive end Kamari Burns (Columbus, Ohio), three-star cornerback Jermaine Mathews (Cincinnati, Ohio), four-star defensive end Desmond Umeozulu (Upper Marlboro, Md.), four-star offensive lineman Amir Herring (West Bloomfield, Mi.) and four-star defensive end Dashawn Womack (Baltimore, Md.).
Three-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey) remains the first and only of Pitt’s 2023 recruiting class, but that’s going to be changing in the months to come.