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Elite 4-Star DE Desmond Umeozulu Names Pitt to Top 4, Sets Commitment Date

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Pitt has already secured the commitments of a couple of defensive linemen in the class of 2023, but there are two top-ranked recruits who could really boost the class.

One of those is Desmond Umeozulu.

Umeozulu named a Top 9 of Ohio State, Penn State, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, South Carolina and Pitt in April, but after his four official visits, he’s narrowed his choice to just Pitt, Ohio State, South Carolina and UNC.

Umeozulu, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound four-star edge rusher from Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, is one of the very best defensive ends in the class, and Pitt is firmly in contention for his signature.

With offers from 36 schools, including Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington and West Virginia, Umeozulu has been in very high demand across the country.

Umeozulu visited Pittsburgh unofficially in March, building that relationship with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and running backs coach Andre Powell to set the stage for his official visit later in June.

“Probably coach (Partridge), he’s definitely a lot better coach than I thought or knew that he was,” Umeozulu told PSN in May. “I now can see how their scheme and how they rush the passer so well and why they’re in the Top Five for sacks almost every year. The way Coach P goes into detail during practice and he’s such a hands-on coach. He goes into team meetings and shows you exactly what you did wrong and will show you how to do it right. That really stood out and impressed me.

“The whole staff, especially coach Powell, coach Partridge and coach Narduzzi treated me well,” he said. “I felt like I was at home. Coach Powell has been on me for a while now. He was on me early and I think Pitt was the third program to offer me and they have recruited me hard ever since. I definitely think after this weekend that they’re one of my top schools.”

With superior size and the ability to use his frame as both a power and finesse rusher off the edge, it’s no surprise that Pitt hopes to pair Umeozulu with Partridge for the next four seasons. The thought of the pairing should excite any Pitt fan, but the competition to secure that pairing is stiff.

With an Aug. 29 commitment date set, announcing his decision at the Helena Nobles-Jones Auditorium at Charles Herbert Flowers, Umeozulu will make his long-awaited commitment in just over a month.

247Sports rates Umeozulu as the 163rd-ranked recruit in the class (19th-ranked edge rusher and the third-ranked recruit from Maryland) and Rivals rates him as the 192nd-ranked recruit in the class (12th-ranked weakside defensive end and the second-ranked recruit from Maryland). On3 rates him as the 188th-ranked recruit in the class (28th-ranked edge and third-ranked recruit from Maryland).

With commitments from three-star defensive end Antonio Camon (Tampa, Florida) and three-star defensive tackle Isaiah Neal (Baltimore, Maryland), Pitt has a strong defensive line foundation, and Umeozulu and four-star defensive end Jalen Thompson could pave the way for an excellent class.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Kevin
Kevin
28 days ago

H2P!!!

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On Campus Stadium Please
28 days ago

100% Ohio State

Giovanni
Giovanni
28 days ago

And you know this how?

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On Campus Stadium Please
27 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

when all 3 sites have him going to OSU (Wilfong is never wrong and he has him 100%). You get to go play for Larry Johnson, the best DL coach ever (who learned to coach from Paterno), play in front of 100k every weekend and compete for NATIONAL championships, not something called a coastal title. Very easy decision.

Giovanni
Giovanni
27 days ago

So you don’t really know then. Thought so. Just more jibber-jabber trying to act like you know more than you do.

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On Campus Stadium Please
27 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Come back to me after announcement day

SRS
SRS
27 days ago

State College NEWs media outlets made an announcement recently about PSU Athletes. Something to do with Sex acts in the Showers. Must have really nice Showers at State Pen. University seems to be a re-occurring theme there.

Ed Rose
Ed Rose
26 days ago
Reply to  SRS

The players were filming group sex acts in the locker room. Because they are low IQ players and morally bankrupt they sent the images and videos to a woman who was then trying to extort these gullible geniuses. The sad part is the PSU fan base could care less about what Sandusky did or what goes on now. As long as they are winning I am sure child sacrifice to Joe Pa in hell would be cool, too.

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On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  Ed Rose

rent free so easy…h2p and the mighty acc!!!!

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On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  SRS

rent free so easy
h2p!!!

Sousesider
Sousesider
26 days ago

I’d say coach partridge is one of the best based on his long history of top defensive lines and players to the next level.

Jim
Jim
26 days ago
Reply to  Sousesider

It’s ez to coach all 4&5 ⭐️ Try developing some. 3⭐️ HTP

Ed Rose
Ed Rose
26 days ago

He learned how to turn a blind eye to child rape from Joe Pa, too.
Give me a H2P. How many defensive players (Including DL) are in the college football or NFL Hall of Fame that either of those two coached?

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On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  Ed Rose

LaVarr, Jack Ham, Shane Conlan and I’ll keep going if you want

Jim
Jim
26 days ago

Why are you on here????

Giovanni
Giovanni
26 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Exactly. OCSP posts negative just about all of the time. He seems to have a need for attention and tries to get it by making predictions but claiming them to be things he “knows”. Garbage in, garbage out.

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On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

so easy…rent free

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On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  Jim

why are you here?

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