Before 2023 three-star Pitt commit Isaiah Neal established himself as Pitt’s newest recruiting coordinator, 2024 four-star Pitt commit Jahsear Whittington took the mantle upon his own broad shoulders.
Ever since committing to Pitt in April, Whittington has made it his task to reach out to any Pitt offeree that he sees on his Twitter timeline. Whenever he opens his Twitter app, Pitt jumps off the page. And he makes a priority to like, retweet and show some love to those recruits who pick up Pitt offers.
“I know the coaches are going to do their job, that’s their job, I just make sure I’m building relationships with any players — because any time I open my Twitter, Pitt is in my feed no matter what,” Whittington told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “So, every time I see a kid with an offer, I always retweet them, show love because I’m known as the first commit, so I’m always gonna show love and get a relationship going with them so I can talk to them and they can talk to me.”
A few recruits have hit Whittington up already. He’s been texting the guys who have reached out, recruiting in his own way by telling them that they need to make it out to Pitt and how he feels like they’ll be able to make a difference once on campus. And that isn’t just exclusive to 2024 recruits, he’s even recruited recruits from the year above. A few recruits from the class of 2024 have already reached out to ask when Whittington will be on campus next.
Let’s go!! https://t.co/Lt5LNjIc28
— 4⭐️ Jahsear whittington (@jahwhitt) June 4, 2022
“I just engage with everybody,” Whittington said. “That’s why I post so much on Twitter, I just like to be engaged so everybody knows I’m a social person.”
With the 2023 recruiting class closer to the payoff date at this point, with most already holding actual connections with Pitt, Whittington said he’s taken more of a focus in educating and bonding with those 2024 recruits who aren’t so familiar. As the first, he feels like he needs to be able to give them his version of Pitt.
But that hasn’t stopped him from reaching out to recruits in the class of 2023, and he’s definitely taken notice of the commits. Before this weekend’s rush of commits, he followed both four-star quarterback Kenny Minchey (Hendersonville, Tennessee) and four-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey) on Twitter.
“I’m definitely looking forward to building a relationship with them because we’re gonna be playing on the same team in two, three years,” Whittington said. “I definitely gotta build a relationship with them.
Me personally I see Jordan Addison that’s just me tho https://t.co/O86SOwtY1O
— 4⭐️ Jahsear whittington (@jahwhitt) June 5, 2022
“I’ve seen Zion play, he actually went against my defensive back in Kenny Woseley. It was a real good matchup on both ends. So, I definitely see that Pitt got a special receiver and I definitely see that he’s a special kid. I’ve seen Kenny was at Elite 11. He’s real good. That’s the quarterback and wide receiver right there and then you got me in the ’24 class, that’s getting to the quarterback to get those guys on the field.”
In building a brand on Twitter and connecting with potential Pitt teammates, Whittington has also interacted extensively with Pitt fans. And he can’t speak highly enough about Pitt’s fanbase.
“They probably have the best fans in the world,” Whittington said. “I have seen some other fanbases when my recruitment was just open, and the Pitt fans, they gotta be top five, most likely No. 1. They’re loyal, they definitely interact with you. I just love when I see a Pitt fan like my stuff, retweet and tell me — the funniest thing is when they tell me they should hire me as a recruiter. That’s what I love about them. They show love and they make you feel at home, they make you feel like we’re all a family.”
— 4⭐️ Jahsear whittington (@jahwhitt) April 19, 2022
And with Whittington and Imhotep Charter’s camp and 7-on-7 schedule this summer, already having to assert that a camp opportunity at Maryland — which he showed out at — was just a chance to improve his trade, he said he’s eager to see how Pitt fans react to when he’s camping at WVU.
The WVU camp won’t be his only interaction with the Mountaineers either, as he said aside from another unofficial visit either this month or next, his next big Pitt visit will be for the Pitt-WVU season opener on Sept. 1 at Heinz Field. He isn’t too familiar with the history between the rivals, but he’s very excited to see for himself just how deep the rivalry runs. And he’s not afraid to talk some trash.
“As I’m getting better, I’m talking trash,” Whittington said. “I work out with Richard James, a West Virginia commit, so me and him are almost like the same type of player. I’m going back and forth with him as we’re working out.”
If James, a 2023 three-star WVU commit from Camden, New Jersey, says anything about WVU, Whittington has an easy counter. There’s no way WVU will be able to block star Calijah Kancey, or any of Pitt’s ferocious pass rush for that matter.
The Pitt-WVU game will be one of the first weeks of Whittington’s junior season at Imhotep, and while he’s anxious to be playing college football already, especially watching the 2023 crop of recruits, he still wants to be able to work even harder at the high school level and arrive at Pitt with absolutely no reservations.
“At the same time, I remind myself, I’ve got a long way to go,” Whittington said. “I’ve still got two years, two seasons. I think, ‘I’ve got two years, I’m gonna work my behind off, I’m gonna play my behind off, so once I get to Pitt, I’m ready.’”
While Whittington hasn’t met Aaron Donald yet, he has started to form a bond with Donald’s nephew Elliot, a current Pitt stud defensive lineman, and he’s still watching highlights and interviews of the elder Donald to craft his own game.
“That’s one thing, I’m anxious to be on campus because I’ve heard (Donald’s) up there a lot,” Whittington said. “The day I met him, I might shed a tear. He’s my favorite player. He’s just so dominant, and it’s just like we’re the same type of person. Not the biggest. He is the strongest, one of the strongest, one of the fastest, and I’m not there yet, but he’s just an inspiration for me.”
Regardless of the commits, Aaron Donald or anything else, Whittington is finding himself growing more and more thrilled with the chance to finally make it out to Pitt as a college defensive lineman.
“I just know H2P, all the way,” Whittington said.