If not for Pitt’s ability to turn under-recruited commits into legitimate college football stars, the 2021 ACC championship would not be sitting in Pitt’s UPMC Rooney Sports Complex facility on the South Side.
Two under-recruited recruits from the class of 2023 will be making official visits to Pittsburgh between June 2-4: athlete Javious Bond from Jones County High School in Gray, Georgia, and cornerback Shadarion Harrison from Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida.
A source confirmed with Pittsburgh Sports Now that the pair will be joining an already growing group of 2023 prospects making it up to Pittsburgh for a few days.
Bond (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) has picked up offers from Boston College, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Georgia State, Houston, Jacksonville State, Kansas State, Massachusetts, Memphis, Ole Miss, Temple, Virginia and Pitt.
As a legitimate two-way athlete at Jones County as a junior, also competing in baseball, track & field and basketball, Bond racked a team-leading 147 carries for 943 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and scored 14 touchdowns and hauled in 49 passes for 555 yards and six more touchdowns as a receiver.
And if Bond’s offensive prowess wasn’t enough, he compiled 69 tackles (36 solo), a tackle for loss, a forced fumble, blocked a field goal and defended three passes.
While he hasn’t been rated by 247Sports or Rivals yet, he’s exactly the type of recruit that has that two-way ability and could benefit from playing in either Pitt’s offense or defense. He’s an elite athlete with incredible shiftiness and speed.
Harrison (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) holds offers from Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Connecticut, Eastern Kentucky, FIU, Georgia State, Illinois, Incarnate Word, Iowa State, Louisville, Nebraska, Temple, Tennessee, Toledo, USF, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Western Michigan.
Harrison, who is a quarterback at Kathleen, is another versatile athlete who is going to play as a cornerback at the college level.
He is also unranked on 247Sports and Rivals, but the tall, rangy quarterback/cornerback is another sort of pure athlete who would fit in well in Pitt’s defensive system with his blend of size and athleticsm.
Along with Thompson, Pitt will host three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson (Dallastown, Pennsylvania), three-star defensive lineman Isaiah Neal (Baltimore, Maryland), three-star defensive end Antonio Camon (Tampa, Florida), three-star defensive end Calvin Smith (Ocoee, Florida), three-star defensive end DeeJay Holmes (Pahokee, Florida), three-star defensive back Brice Pollock (Snellville, Georgia), three-star wide receiver Tastean Reddicks (Miami, Florida) and four-star defensive end Jalen Thompson (Detroit, Michigan) on June 2-4.