While Pitt held a No. 1 or 2 spot for 2024 four-star cornerback Kenny Woseley after an unofficial visit in April, the uptick in offers in his recruiting chase has forced him to take a step back to evaluate all his options thoroughly, but he’ll always remember his first offer.
“That was my first offer, so I’m always going to love Pitt, for sure,” Woseley told PSN. “Coach Cory (Sanders) believes in me, coach (Archie) Collins believes in me, and the coaches I’ve talked to believe in me. And coach Cory is also in the city a lot, so that’s a good thing because he’s interacting with me, visiting the city and having phone calls and stuff like that, just talking about different stuff and not all about football.”
With offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Woseley is in very high demand, but he said as of right now, no one has emerged as a true favorite — it’s a level standing.
However, with his visit out to Pittsburgh for the Rising Stars II camp Saturday, he’s now made it out twice — even if Saturday wasn’t a true unofficial visit and more of a camp experience.
“It went well,” Woseley said. “There were a lot of guys out there competing. As far as myself, I think I did pretty good, and I showcased my talent in front of coach Pat (Narduzzi).”
With how busy it was Saturday at Pitt, with roughly 500 prospects in attendance at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, Woseley said he wasn’t able to receive too much feedback from Pitt’s staff, but Narduzzi was still able to pass along some praise.
Pitt put campers into its own defensive scheme, and Woseley said that Narduzzi praised his ability to integrate into the system on the fly and how he was competing throughout the day of competition.
“They play more of an aggressive style of play,” Woseley said. “So, if you’re not an aggressive DB, I don’t believe you’ll be able to fit in that system, so they press most of the time — all the time they’re pressing up, getting up in your face, ruining the timing of your routes and all of that, so I think it definitely fits my game as well because I know I can play off, but I can play aggressive as well. And being aggressive the whole game, I think it can change the way you play, the mentality you have as a DB.”
Overall, Woseley said, it was just a great day of football. Everyone was competing and just playing football. And perhaps the best part of the camp was that it wasn’t just Pitt coaches dishing out knowledge but Pitt’s players too.
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The ability to hear from the guys who have been there and done that, and are still doing it, was an added benefit for Woseley. The coaches can offer one thing, but that added viewpoint was good to hear — especially from guys like Javon MacIntyre and Brandon Hill.
And while Pitt’s coaching staff and players have been coaching and recruiting Woseley, one of his biggest recruiters has been Imhotep Charter teammate and Pitt 2024 four-star defensive line commit Jahsear Whittington.
“(Jahsear’s) been recruiting me hard,” Woseley said. “He’s almost forcing me to commit, but I’m like, ‘My process is way different than yours.’ With me having so many offers right now, I don’t think I’m even ready to drop the top schools. I’m just taking my time and enjoying the recruiting process right now.”
Woseley is looking into making it out to Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Oregon and Texas A&M this summer, but there’s nothing set in stone to this point. And he’s looking into making it back out to Pittsburgh for the Backyard Brawl on Sept. 1.
247Sports rates Woseley as the 279th-ranked recruit in the class (36th-ranked cornerback and the eighth-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while Rivals rates him as the 28th-ranked cornerback and the 13th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.
With Woseley’s recruiting process heating up, he’ll be in very high demand coming into his junior season at Imhotep, but Pitt has a strong early and Whittington as an ace recruiter.