It was a very, very eventful weekend for Pitt football, landing three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson during his official visit, and now perhaps the biggest target on Pitt’s 2023 board could be joining him.
Elite five-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams from Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has narrowed a vast list of nearly 40 offers to just six, including Alabama, Florida State, Pitt, Miami, Georgia and Texas A&M, according to On3’s Hayes Fawcett.
“They’re (Pitt) building something special around there and with the addition of coach Underwood it put them in a great spot with me,” Williams told Fawcett.
Williams (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) is making an official visit to Pitt at the end of June, from June 24-26, and he’s also officially making a visit to Georgia the week before.
It will be tough to land Williams over the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M and Georgia, but he’s already made an unofficial visit to Pitt. With an official visit, likely his last, and that bond with wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood, Pitt’s sleeper status could pay off. The big, fast wide receiver, lauded as one of the best athletes in the class, would be the crown jewel of Pitt’s recruiting class.
Williams caught 31 passes as a junior at Stranahan, recording 693 yards and six touchdowns (averaging just over 22 yards per catch) in just seven games. He also recorded 16 tackles (12 solo) eight tackles for loss, six sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown.
247Sports rates Williams as the 38th-ranked recruit in the class (fifth-ranked wide receiver and the 11th-ranked recruit from Florida) while Rivals rates him as the 36th-ranked recruit in the class (fifth-ranked wide receiver and the ninth-ranked recruit from Florida).
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 wide receiver Ayden Greene (Powell, Tennessee), four-star cornerback Braeden Marshall (Lake Mary, Florida) three-star wide receiver Andy Jean (Miami, Florida), three-star wide receiver Hilton Alexander II (Douglasville, Georgia) and three-star defensive back Jordan Bass (Hampton, Virginia).
With six commits this weekend, fresh off the first weekend of official visits to Pittsburgh, Pitt’s recruiting class is eight-deep and ranked inside the Top-20 by both 247Sports and Rivals.