The brotherhood of offensive linemen at Pitt has just gotten one man stronger.
With three offensive linemen committing since Pitt’s final official visit window last weekend, the future of the offensive line has been beefed up, and three-star interior offensive lineman Phillip Daniels is adding just that much more.
Daniels, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, committed to Pitt Saturday over offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Kentucky, Marshall, Massachusetts, Miami (Oh.), Middle Tennessee State, Minnesota, Ohio, Purdue and Toledo.
“I just had a good conversation with coach Narduzzi, and some of the things he said resonated in me,” Daniels told PSN. “I talked some with my coach and then talked to my mom and just decided to make the decision there.”
After a camp visit in early June, Daniels picked up his official Pitt offer and scheduled a June 16-18 official visit. With additional official visits to Purdue and Minnesota, it came down to those three, but the people in the program at Pitt were what allowed Daniels to choose Pitt in the end.
“I feel good now that my spot’s secure, now I can play for an elite coach,” Daniels said. “(offensive line coach Dave) Borbely has produced some great people and can’t wait to work.”
Daniels joins a 2023 class that has picked up commitments from three-star offensive linemen in Ryan Carretta (Columbus, Ohio), Tai Ray (Apopka, Florida) and Colin Van Rooy (Strongsville, Ohio).
As a big, bruising lineman for Princeton as a junior, Daniels was only able to play in five games, so his stock took a bit of a hit. However, with his strong performance at Pitt’s Rising Stars Camp in early June, the coaching staff came away impressed. And now he’ll be able to work along with one of the best defensive line in the country.
247Sports rates Daniels as the 683rd-ranked recruit in the class (49th-ranked interior offensive lineman and the 22nd-ranked recruit from Ohio) while On3 rates him as the 678th-ranked recruit in the class (35th-ranked offensive tackle and the 12th-ranked recruit from Ohio). Rivals grades him as the 35th-ranked recruit in Ohio — holding a 5.6 Rivals rating.
With Daniels locked into Pitt now, adding that a brotherhood of offensive line under Borbely, he has just one message for Pitt fans.
“Just get ready for some pancakes and nastiness,” Daniels said