It’s that time of the spring when Pitt’s coaching staff is off in different areas of the country to offer recruits and build those interpersonal bonds in person.
Tim Salem, a key recruiter as Pitt’s tight ends coach, is in Saint Louis, Missouri Monday (posing beneath the Gateway Arch on social media), but he wasn’t sightseeing. He offered one of the top recruits in the country at St. Louis University High School.
2024 five-star wide receiver Ryan Wingo (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) added Pitt to a list of offers that includes Arkansas, Boston College, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Oh.), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCF, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
— Ryan Wingo (@_Ryanwingo1) May 9, 2022
Salem’s offer, seemingly in person, shows Pitt’s commitment to scouting top talent across the country. While Wingo is a long shot to even make it out to Pittsburgh, the presence of Tiquan Underwood (who’s managed to land another elite wide receiver for an official visit to Pitt) and a strong wide receiving corps could drum up some mutual intrigue.
Wingo is rated as a five-star recruit by both 247Sports and Rivals. 247Sports values him as the fifth-ranked recruit in the class of 2024 (second-ranked wide receiver and top-ranked recruit from Missouri) while Rivals has him as the third-ranked recruit in the class (the top-ranked wide receiver and recruit from Missouri).
Wingo was a multi-talented star at St. Louis University as a sophomore. He completed his lone pass for a 60-yard touchdown, took 18 carries for 214 yards and four touchdowns, hauled in 32 receptions for 636 yards and nine touchdowns and racked up 246 return yards and a touchdown. He even averaged 41.8 yards per punt on 16 attempts, achieving a long of 63 yards.
Wingo has visited LSU and Arkansas this spring (making two additional trips to Arkansas since last September). He’s also made trips out to Missouri and Notre Dame (twice). Pitt just jumped into the race for Wingo’s services, which will likely end with his choice of every Power Five school in the country, but it will be interesting to see how much of a priority Pitt will make Wingo.
Landing a recruit the caliber of Wingo on an eventual official, or even unofficial, visit would be a major boon to the program.