Zion Fowler has visited Pittsburgh a number of times since officially committing last October, but he’s never been on an official visit, and he’s never visited with his future quarterback.
Fowler, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound four-star wide receiver from St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey, is one of 14 Pitt targets making it out to Pitt for an official visit on June 2-4, and he’s joined by fellow commit Kenny Minchey.
“I’m also really looking forward to meeting up with and chilling with Kenny (Minchey), so we could start building a relationship and getting acclimated with each other,” Fowler told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He’s a very good quarterback, and I’m a very good wide receiver, so with our skills combined, I think we could put on a great run at our time in Pittsburgh.”
Minchey, a four-star quarterback commit from Hendersonville, Tennessee, is Pitt’s quarterback of the future — the next Kenny in line. And with both Minchey and Fowler able to spend a few days together this weekend, it’s perhaps a preview of what’s to come at Pitt.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the coaches and the team,” Fowler said. “I love the Pitt culture and the atmosphere. Every time I come up there, it just feels like home more and more again. I really want to see how the offense looks now that, obviously, Jordan Addison has transferred.
“I think the wide receivers are still really talented, and we could have one of the top wide receiver units in the country with the talents and the skill level in that wide receiver room,” Fowler said.
Aside from the football aspect of the visit, which admittedly, is a key factor of the visit, Fowler said he’s also looking forward to checking out Pitt’s campus, getting a feel for the school itself and seeing exactly where his classes will be in in the not-so-distant future.
As a junior at St. Peter’s, starring as a high-flying basketball guard on the court and an all-around threat on the gridiron, Fowler hauled in a team-high 562 yards and seven touchdowns on 31 receptions. He also returned seven kickoffs for 149 yards — with a long of 58 yards.
Fowler’s blend of size, speed and explosive athleticism, which he’s showcased on the court and on the gridiron, he’s exactly the type of wide receiver that can thrive physically in Pitt’s offense.
247Sports rates Fowler as the 807th-ranked recruit in the class (72nd-ranked athlete and the 11th-ranked recruit from New Jersey) while Rivals rates him as the 15th-ranked recruit from New Jersey. On3 rates Fowler as the 14th-ranked athlete and the fifth-ranked recruit from New Jersey.
Thank you rivals for taking the time out to invite me for the camp in Philly this past weekend ♥️great experience @RivalsFriedman @RivalsCamp @CoachOFlaherty
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— Zion Fowler ✞ (@CantGuardZion) May 18, 2022
Fowler and Minchey are joined on the official visit by three-star defensive end Antonio Camon (Tampa, Florida), three-star running back Montravius Lloyd (Lakewood, Florida), three-star defensive lineman Isaiah Neal (Baltimore, Maryland), three-star cornerback Brice Pollock (Snellville, Georgia), three-star defensive end DeeJay Holmes (Pahokee, Florida), three-star defensive end Calvin Smith (Ocoee, Florida), three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson (York, Pennsylvania), three-star cornerback Shelton Lewis (Stockbridge, Georgia), four-star defensive end Jalen Thompson (Detroit, Michigan), three-star athlete Javious Bond (Gray, Georgia), three-star defensive back Shadarion Harrison (Lakeland, Florida), four-star offensive tackle Stanton Ramil (Alabaster, Alabama) and three-star tight end Jackson McGohan (Miamisburg, Ohio).