Ryan Wingo is a five-star wide receiver from the class of 2024, although ‘athlete’ is the best way to describe the 6-foot-2, 198-pound playmaker from St. Louis University High School in Saint Louis, Missouri, and he’s already picked up over 25 offers.
Wingo added Pitt yesterday 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.
And while Wingo hasn’t had that bond with Pitt for long, just picking up his official offer from tight ends coach Tim Salem during an at-school visit Monday, the relationship is beginning to bud.
“It was a good talk,” Wingo told PSN. “(Salem) was a real good person, you know, I couldn’t really talk to him, but from what my coach said, he was real good. He thought highly of me, so it was cool to get the offer.”
As a kid from Saint Louis, Wingo admitted that he’s not too familiar with Pitt yet, but did find it pretty cool that Pitt shares its practice facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the first things he’s learned about Pitt.
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).
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As a sophomore at St. Louis University, he did a little bit of everything for the Junior Bills. 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.
While Wingo has already received a lot of college interest, understandably, as one of the very best recruits in the class of 2024, Pitt has jumped into the race for his services. And when it comes to Pitt making an effort, Wingo just wants to get a real feeling for exactly if he could play for Pitt or any other school.
“Really just do what everybody else does,” Wingo said. “Just make sure they show a lot of love, when I get up there, just make sure that it’s a good vibe. Don’t make it fake to where you’re trying too hard. Just make it a natural love feeling.”
With Salem as his initial recruiter, it will fall to wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood to step in as his positional coach. And with Underwood’s instant success since stepping into his role this year, that’s something that should excite Pitt fans.
LSU and Arkansas have already hosted Wingo this spring, and he’s also visited Missouri, Notre Dame (twice) and made two additional trips to Arkansas. And Wingo told PSN that Pitt is now on his list for an upcoming unofficial visit.
“I’m still trying to figure (a date for a visit) out because of track, so whenever I get track over, I’ll know for sure,” Wingo said.
Wingo is likely still a long way away from making his college decision, only entering his junior season, but if Pitt landing a top five-star recruit on an early unofficial visit is a big step in the right direction.