While 2023 four-star wide receiver Justin Brown hasn’t exactly made his presence known at Pitt in the recent weeks and months, he’s built a strong enough relationship with Pitt to hold the Panthers in his Top 5.
Brown, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, narrowed an offer sheet of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Pitt, Penn State, Purdue, Tennessee, Tennessee State, UT Martin, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky to just five.
Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue and WVU made the cut for Brown.
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Pitt has been pursuing Brown thus far, looking to schedule an official visit this month, but it remains to be seen when that visit will be worked out yet. Brown visited Purdue last weekend, and he’s made numerous unofficial visits (Louisville, Ole Miss, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, among others) this spring.
Pitt has landed four-star wide receiver Zion Fowler (Jersey City, New Jersey) and three-star wide receiver Kenny Johnson (York, Pennsylvania) so far in the class of 2023, but Brown would no doubt be a strong addition to the class.
As a junior at Blackman, Brown was the leading threat outside for the Blaze, racking up a team-high 69 receptions for 1,144 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added a forced fumble, a pass defense and an interception as a defensive back.
247Sports rates Brown as the 424th-ranked recruit in the class (53rd-ranked wide receiver and the 13th-ranked recruit from Tennessee) while On3 rates him as the 286th-ranked recruit in the class (39th-ranked wide receiver and the fourth-ranked recruit from Tennessee). Rivals rates him as the 50th-ranked wide receiver and the 11th-ranked recruit from Tennessee.
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), three-star defensive back Jordan Bass (Hampton, Virginia), five-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and three-star offensive lineman Phillip Daniels (Cincinnati, Ohio).