Maverick Gracio has been committed to Kent State since August, but a highlight-reel senior season has drawn out increased interest from Power Five programs.
Gracio, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound three-star defensive end from Cardinal Newman in West Palm Beach, Florida, made an official visit to Illinois in November, and now he has another lined up.
Gracio told Pittsburgh Sports Now that after being re-offered by defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, he will be taking an official visit to Pitt over the weekend of Dec. 16. It will be his second visit to Pitt following a January visit to Pitt’s Junior Day.
After talking with @CoachPartridge and the the Pitt staff I am blessed to be officially re-offered by The University of Pittsburgh! 💙💛AGTG @CoachDuzzPittFB @Pitt_FB @PghSportsNow pic.twitter.com/apDXMILHrK
— Maverick Gracio (@MaverickGracio) December 1, 2022
With offers Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Purdue, Akron, Arkansas State, Appalachian State, and interest from Kentucky and North Carolina State, Gracio has flown under the radar. Which is surprising given his electric senior season.
Cardinal Newman put together an 11-1 season in 2022, eventually falling to Chaminade-Madonna in the FHSAA regional finals, but Gracio was a key piece.
The Kent State commit racked up 58 tackles (17 solo), 24 tackles for loss, 22 sacks (both team highs), two forced fumbles and a pass breakup this season. With excellent size and a powerful frame, and familiarity with Partridge, Gracio has become a late target for Pitt’s coaching staff.
247Sports rates Gracio as the 1,426th-ranked recruit in the class (117th-ranked edge rusher and 205th-ranked recruit from Florida) while On3 rates him as the 1,522nd-ranked recruit in the class (116th-ranked edge rusher and 207th-ranked recruit from Florida).
Rivals hasn’t ranked Gracio, but he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.
Pitt’s current 2023 class holds verbal commitments from two defensive linemen, but of three-star defensive linemen Isaiah Neal (Baltimore, Maryland) and Antonio Camon (Tampa, Florida), only Camon is an edge rusher.