Zion Fowler and Kenny Minchey were Pitt’s first two commits in the class of 2023, an athletic three-star wide receiver and a rising four-star quarterback, but now both have officially decommitted from the university.
Minchey announced his decommitment earlier this week, much to the chagrin of Pitt fans, and Fowler announced his decommitment tonight via Twitter.
“First, I would like to thank Pitt, coach Narduzzi, and staff for recruiting and developing a personal relationship with me and my family,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to the Pitt fans who have been a great support throughout my recruitment. After difficult discussions with my family, I will be decommitting from Pitt and opening up my recruitment.”
In gods hands now 💯 pic.twitter.com/aujYnUn2qo
— Zion Fowler ✞ (@CantGuardZion) November 18, 2022
Fowler, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver fro St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey, committed to Pitt over a year ago, back on Oct. 26, 2021, and he made his official visit to Pittsburgh over the summer. Former receivers coach Brennan Marion recruited him, but he expressed his excitement at working with Frank Cignetti Jr. and Tiquan Underwood.
“(Cignetti) told me that he’s going to do his best to make me the best player that I can be,” Fowler told PSN in January. “Plus, with the addition of Coach Underwood now coming to Pitt, getting to know I’ll be able to learn from both of them, that will make me an even better receiver.
“I’m very pleased to know that I’m going to be coached by two guys that have coached before in the NFL, plus someone like Coach Underwood who’s also played in the league, I’m going to get the best of both worlds.”
He committed to Pitt back when he only held offers from Pitt, Virginia Tech and Massachusetts, but he picked up offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Syracuse, Duke in the months that followed. And he will now play his college football somewhere other than Pitt.
The loss of Fowler, following three-star wide receiver Daidren Zipperer’s decommitment in October, leaves just two wide receivers in the class of 2023 — three-stars Kenny Johnson (York, Pennsylvania) and Lamar Seymore (Miami, Florida).
With just under a month until National Signing Day, Pitt’s coaching staff is now in a pinch when it comes to landing any more receivers in the class — and ensuring that the two currently in the class remain committed to Pitt.