Florida cornerbacks are a fixture in Pitt’s system (Brandon Hill, Marquis Williams, Jahvante Royal, P.J. O’Brien and Noah Biglow all hailing from the Sunshine State), and a four-star recruit could be joining them soon.
Braeden Marshall (a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback from Lake Mary High School in Florida) narrowed an extensive list of 30 offers to a more clean-cut 10 teams, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, Penn State, Miami, Wisconsin, Nebraska, UCF and Pitt.
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— Braeden Marshall (@MarshallBraeden) May 10, 2022
Marshall has visited Nebraska, UCF, North Carolina and Penn State this spring, and he’s already set official visits with Penn State (June 17) and North Carolina (June 24). He hasn’t set any other official visits yet, but he did make an unofficial visit to Pitt last November — with the potential for another.
Pitt was the first Power Five school to actually offer Marshall last September, receiving the offer after the first game of his junior season at Lake May.
“Coach Salem told me to call him, which I did, and we talked for a while and then he offered,” Marshall told Pittsburgh Sports Now last September. “He said that he liked my skills, liked how I played and they were actually at my game last week against Lake Gibson and said I played very well.
As an integral defensive back on Lake May’s 10-2 season that advanced to the FHSAA Class-8A regional semifinals as a junior, Marshall recorded 28 tackles (13 solo), two tackles for loss, a team-high three interceptions and three passes defended.
247Sports rates Marshall as the 358th-ranked recruit in the class (39th-ranked cornerback and the 70th-ranked recruit from Florida) while Rivals rates him as the 36th-ranked cornerback and the 54th-ranked recruit from Florida.
With Pitt’s penchant for securing a multitude of defensive backs in every class, and worrying about potential fit in the defensive system once the recruits arrive on campus, Marshall would be an excellent addition to the back end.
As a dual-sport athlete at Lake May, excelling on the basketball court, Marshall is a very twitchy, explosive athlete who has the physicality in press coverage to compete for reps in Pitt’s defense early.
Pitt has landed in the finalist tier for a couple of 2023 recruits over the last few months, 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, Maryland), four-star offensive lineman Amir Herring (West Bloomfield, Michigan), four-star defensive end Dashawn Womack (Baltimore, Md.), three-star offensive lineman Jordan Church (Bradenton, Florida), three-star cornerback Shelton Lewis (Stockbridge, Georgia) and three-star wide receiver Ayden Greene (Powell, Tennessee).
Pitt’s 2023 recruiting class includes four-star quarterback Kenny Minchey (Hendersonville, Tennessee) and three-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey), and the class will only grow in the next weeks and months.