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2026 DB Zechariah Fort Staying Humble After Picking Up Early Offer from Pitt

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Getting recruited by major programs and receiving Power Five offers isn’t something that typically happens to 8th graders, but Zechariah Fort isn’t your typical 8th grade football player.

Fort is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and the early attention he’s receiving continued today as he received an offer from Cory Sanders and the ACC champion Pitt Panthers.

Courtesy Zechariah Fort

Pitt joins Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Utah, Kansas and Arizona as schools that are attempting to get in early with this soon-to-be national recruit. Fort is originally from Long Beach, California but moved to IMG Academy to get prepared to play major college football.

Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Fort following the news he received on Tuesday from Sanders and the Panthers.

“I found out that I received an offer from Pitt in the middle of practice,” Fort told PSN. “I’m not really focusing on getting offers and letting it get to my head. I’m just focusing on improving as a player and becoming the best I can be. I did not expect to receive any major offers at this time, but it’s truly a blessing from God. The advice I’m getting on handling all of this is just keep working hard and staying focused, and everything will go how it’s supposed to.”

Fort becomes the 3rd player in the Class of 2026 to receive an offer from Pitt- QB Julian Lewis (Carrollton, Georgia) and RB Markel Dabney (Chester, Virginia).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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