College football can be a fickle business, but the wheel just keeps on turning. And three-star athlete Kahlil Ali has given Pitt fans a little bit of hope.
Ali, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete from Pennsauken High School in New Jersey, narrowed a list of offers from Akron, Buffalo, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, Pitt, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia to his Top 5 — with all receiving official visits.
With official visits to Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pitt and West Virginia, Ali has locked in his Top 5.
my top 5… https://t.co/ZrB3nMX3Wh
— Kahlil Ali (@kahlilali21) April 30, 2022
Ali was a two-way threat as a junior at Pennsauken, impacting the game as a running back/wide receiver slasher and a defensive back. He ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and hauled in 25 passes for 424 yards (17 yards per reception) and six touchdowns. He also added 25 tackles (21 solo), a tackle for loss, three interceptions, four passes defended, a forced fumble and two recoveries — scoring once on defense and once on special teams.
While Ali is listed as an athlete, who played well offensively and defensively as a junior at Pennsauken, his game is tailor-made for a strong defensive back.
247Sports rates him as the 377th-ranked recruit in the class of 2023 (the 35th-ranked safety and the sixth-ranked recruit from New Jersey) while Rivals rates him as the 47th-ranked athlete and the eighth-ranked recruit from New Jersey.
Ali has visited Pitt twice already, once in January and again in March, and he expressed how he’d been able to feel the genuine love with Pitt’s staff — including Pat Narduzzi and Cory Sanders.
“That is definitely playing a part in my recruitment,” Ali told PSN before his January visit. “In the end, it’s going to be important for me to go to a program that really wants me and shows me real love. Pitt is definitely doing that and is a real option right now so it’s going to be important for me to get up there and learn more about them and to see what they have to offer, like I said. But by getting the chance to talk with them and build our relationship, I can tell how much they want me.”
Ali’s official Pitt visit is scheduled for June 17, between trips to Cincinnati and Boston College and West Virginia and Louisville. A strong official visit could be the piece Pitt needs to secure a top secondary target in the class of 2023 — the third time’s the charm, after all.
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.), four-star defensive end Dashawn Womack (Baltimore, Md.) and three-star offensive lineman Jordan Church.