On Monday, Pitt had two current players transfer and today, two players in their Class of 2023 have decided to de-commit.
Tuesday evening, 2023 three-star offensive lineman Phillip Daniels (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) from Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio announced that he was opening his recruitment back up.
“I first wanna thank God for the opportunity to play the sport that I love. I want to thank my family and coaches through the process. Thank you to the fans, coaches and staff. This was a decision that took a long, hard process to make and with that, I will be de-committing from the University of Pittsburgh.”
Daniels gave his verbal commitment to Pitt on July 2, during a period of Pitt offensive linemen commitments. At the time, Daniels held other 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.
Daniels received his offer from Pitt after attending a prospects camp in early June and followed that up with an official visit on June 16-18.
The departure of Daniels and Colin Van Rooy earlier in the fall leaves Pitt with three offensive line commitments: Tai Ray (Apopka, Florida), Ryan Carretta (Columbus, Ohio) and BJ Williams (Fairburn, Georgia).
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.
Pitt’s Class of 2023 is down to 13 commitments and is ranked 60th by Rivals.