Fresh off three-star athlete Kahlil Ali (Pennsauken, New Jersey) naming Pitt to his Top 5 earlier today, another three-star defender has included Pitt in his list of top contenders.
2023 three-star defensive lineman Isaiah Neal from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland narrowed his list of nearly 20 college offers to just a Top 8 of North Carolina State, Maryland, Rutgers, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Pitt.
— Ghost (@IsaiahNeal99) April 30, 2022
Neal (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) has made two trips out to Pittsburgh for unofficial visits, including one in March, and he’s seen enough to make it back out for an official.
247Sports rates Neal as the 536th-ranked recruit in the class (67th-ranked defensive tackle and the 10th-ranked recruit from D.C.) while Rivals rates him as the 32nd-ranked defensive tackle and the ninth-ranked recruit from Maryland.
Neal’s official visit, which is scheduled for the weekend of June 2, is a big opportunity to continue to build the bonds he’s established with Charlie Partridge and Pitt’s staff.
“I’ve decided to come back because the staff really makes me feel like this is a place I can spend the next 3-5 years,” Neal told PSN in March. “I’m looking to see pretty much how Coach P coaches his guys and see if I mesh with them.”
After making official visits in June, his other official visits not yet announced, Neal announced on Twitter that he will officially make his commitment on July 2.
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.