Lamar Seymore hasn’t been to Pittsburgh in years, not since a basketball tournament during his middle school years way back, but he’ll be back in town for one of the most important visits of his recruiting process this weekend.
Despite a Miami commitment dating back over two years ago, Seymore, a 6-foot, 185-pound three-star wide receiver from Miami Central High School in Miami, Florida, made an official visit to UCF earlier this month. And he’s making his official visit to Pitt this weekend.
Pitt didn’t offer Seymore until May 25, but the relationship he’s built with wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood — and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge — has allowed Pitt to establish a strong bond at the deadline of Seymore’s decision.
“I’ve got a really good communication with the coaches, they wanted to get me up there and my options are open right now, so I just want to see how Pitt really is,” Seymore told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
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Seymore and Underwood talk every day, and it’s not just football but life. Underwood asks about Seymore himself, the family and life in general. Partridge has been the same way. Partridge, one of Pitt’s top Florida recruiters, hasn’t pushed Pitt football or the education the school offers, he’s simply told Seymore to see the opportunity for himself.
After all, Underwood and Partridge can say all they want about Pitt, but at the end of the day, it’s all about action. And what better action is there than physically spending a few days at Pitt? Seymore spending June 16-18 at Pitt, getting to gel with Pitt’s official visitors, players and staff is about as serious as it gets.
“I don’t really know (what to expect on the official visit) because I ain’t been up there in a minute, but I just hope I see how it really is,” Seymore said. “I think they’re practicing right now, so how their practices go.”
“If the visit goes well, yeah, (Pitt will) be an option,” Seymore said. “Like right now, it’s 50/50 right now, but after the visit … I liked Pitt before I even went up there because of the relationships I’ve got with the coaches.”
Seymore isn’t exactly familiar with Pitt football, not really watching any Pitt games on TV since he just doesn’t really any football on weekends, but he is familiar with the recruits who come out of the Miami area. And Pitt has nabbed a couple of recruits he is familiar with.
“I really can’t say (much about Pitt) because I really don’t watch football like that, so I can’t even tell you about any other school,” Seymore said. “(Pitt) produces good athletes like Calijah (Kancey), I’m good friends with Calijah, he’s from down here. The running back (Vincent Davis) from Cardinal Gibbons. So, they’re producing good players from Miami.”
With a relationship built with Kancey, an All-ACC and All-American defensive lineman performer in just two seasons starting at Pitt, Seymore said that Kancey has just stressed the good word: It’s good at Pitt, and you’ll be developed for the next level. And with a strong junior season, Seymore is looking at the NFL.
In just seven games as a junior at Miami Central, Seymore hauled in 19 receptions for 355 yards and four touchdowns (at just under 20 yards per reception) alongside 2024 wide receiver Joshisa Trader — a top-10 national recruit in the cycle.
247Sports rates Seymore as the 878th-ranked recruit in the class (123rd-ranked wide receiver and the 123rd-ranked recruit from Florida) while Rivals rates him as the 96th-ranked wide receiver in the class — holding a 5.6 Rivals Rating.
With offers from Auburn, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Coastal Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pitt, UCF and Miami, Seymore has received major interest from across the country. Pitt may be late to the charge, but the official visit to Pittsburgh will be his final visit.
Pitt has landed commitments from four-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey) and three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson (York, Pennsylvania), but it’s clear that Seymore is a target that Pitt’s staff is working to flip. And the underrated Florida target with an offer sheet that’s stuffed with big-time schools is exactly the type of recruit Pitt has had success with in the past.