Charlie Partridge and Pitt will be losing a number of defensive linemen following this season and will be looking to restock the depth chart over the next couple recruiting classes.
Pitt has received a commitment in their Class of 2023 from 3-star defensive tackle Isaiah Neal and will be looking for freshman Sean FitzSimmons, Elliot Donald and Dorien Ford to get on the field and make an impact in the near future.
2024 4-star defensive tackle Jahsear Whittington has already given the Panthers a commitment, but more defensive tackles are needed.
On Saturday, a junior that already holds an offer from Pitt will be in town to check out the Panthers program.
3-star defensive tackle Aaris Bethea (6-foot-3-inch, 250 pounds) from Brooklyn, New York will be at Acrisure Stadium for an unofficial visit. Bethea received his Pitt offer from Tim Salem back on May 5th and tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s looking forward to making the drive from New York to Pittsburgh.
— Aaris Bethea (@AarisBethea) September 1, 2022
“I’m coming to visit Pitt this Saturday because I want to see how I could see myself playing there, the energy inside the stadium and continuing building a relationship with the coaches,” said Bethea. “I have a good relationship with Pitt as me, Coach Partridge and Coach Salem are in contact frequently.”
“I like how Pitt makes me a priority, and they play in a city area which I believe can remind of New York a little bit. Pitt is just staying in frequent contact with me, making sure I’m doing okay and letting me know how their program is doing as well.”
Bethea is a someone that’s receiving interest from a number of programs, as last weekend he attended the Penn State/Northwestern game and hearing a lot from programs like Penn State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Maryland.
— Aaris Bethea (@AarisBethea) October 6, 2022
Along with Pitt, Bethea holds offers from Maryland, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Buffalo.
This will be Bethea’s first time visiting the city of Pittsburgh.