In today’s world of recruiting, there are no guidelines on when college programs can and will extend scholarship offers.
A 9th grader receiving an offer was something that used to be considered unusual, but that’s no longer the case as it now happens more and more.
While 8th grade is obviously really early, it does happen, and today a Pitt offered one from South Carolina.
Class of 2026 quarterback Josiah Oxendine from tradition rich Dillon High School in South Carolina received an offer from Pitt. This is Oxendine’s third D-1 offer (Georgia Southern and Akron).
“My quarterback coach and Pitt Coach Jonathan DiBiaso communicated about my progress at some point,” Oxendine told PSN. “Then Coach DiBiaso continued to scout me and view my film. After camping at several colleges this week, I finally had a conversation with Coach DiBiaso and he verbally offered me a scholarship to Pitt.”
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— Josiah Oxendine (@JosiahOxendine) May 30, 2022
“It is extremely humbling to receive offers as a 2026, especially from Pitt. I put a lot of grind into the craft as a QB. For example, throwing sessions with my QB trainer, lifting with my teammates, speed training, and traveling all over the country chasing greatness. I am putting in 5-7 days a week to be the best version of myself. My philosophy is grind over goals.”
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— Josiah Oxendine (@JosiahOxendine) April 11, 2022
At this point of his development, Oxendine tells PSN that he considers the strengths of his game to be his ball velocity, accuracy, ball placement, speed, and work ethic. He describes himself as very coachable and a servant-leader.
Oxendine says that Pitt loved his verified measurements of: 40 time – 4.8 second; Hand size of 9.25 inches; vertical jump of 30.4 inches; broad jump of 105 inches; bench press of 235 pounds; and squat of 385 pounds.
“Lastly, I want to thank the University of Pittsburgh for the verbal offer,” said Oxendine. “But I know it doesn’t stop here. There is more work to do and more growth to come.”