While Pitt may not secure a recruit from the WPIAL in 2023, it will not go without an in-state commit in the class.
2023 three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson from Dallastown High School in York, Pennsylvania is the second official commit in a very, very busy opening weekend of official visits for Pitt.
Johnson, who was considered by all recruiting analysts as a strong Penn State lean, is a surprising in-state addition to Pitt’s 2023 class, a late official visitor who appeared destined for the path made across the state, but he’s picked Pitt over Penn State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Connecticut, JMU, Miami (Oh.), Temple and Toledo.
I would like to say thank you to all of the coaches that haven taken a chance on me and have given me the opportunity to play for their program…
With that being said,
— Kenny Johnson (@Kennyjohnson05) June 4, 2022
After developing a relationship with Tiquan Underwood during his time at Rutgers, that bond proved to be a key factor in Johnson committing to Pitt Friday night.
“A huge factor is Coach Wood (Underwood),” Johnson told PSN before his visit. “Him and I go back to when he was at Rutgers, where he started recruiting me. Him and I just really clicked. He’s just a really good dude and really good people. He came to Pitt and I went there for an unofficial visit with my coach. My parents weren’t able to come up with me, so I’m really excited for them to meet him and see everything that I saw with him. The biggest thing with Coach Wood is that he’s real with you and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’s just a real genuine person with a kind heart.”
As a junior at Dallastown, Johnson led the Wildcats with 852 yards and seven touchdowns on 46 receptions (averaging 18.5 yards per reception). He also added 41 tackles (25 solo), six tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries on defense.
247Sports rates Johnson as the 588th-ranked recruit in the class (73rd-ranked wide receiver and the 16th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while On3 rates him as the 574th-ranked recruit in the class (82nd-ranked wide receiver and the 16th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania). Rivals rates Johnson as the 76th-ranked wide receiver and the 16th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.
Pitt’s 2023 recruiting class includes four-star quarterback Kenny Minchey (Hendersonville, Tennessee) and four-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey), and the class has now added three-star cornerback Shadarian Henderson (Lakeland, Florida) and Johnson, with four more to officially be announced.