For whatever reason, Pitt hasn’t been able to stockpile running backs from its latest recruiting classes. Whether it’s been academics or injuries, the future of the running backs room needed a jolt.
And that jolt has arrived in the form of Georgia state champion, 2023 three-star running back T.J. Harvison.
Harvison, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back from Bowdon High in Bowdon, Georgia, committed to Pitt Tuesday morning over offers from Air Force, Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Boston College, Charlotte, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, James Madison, Kansas, Kent State, Kentucky, Marshall, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
Blessed To Announce I Am 💯% committed To The University Of Pittsburgh #H2P💙💛 @CoachDuzzPittFB @CoachAPowell @ARCHIECOLLINS_ @Pitt_FB @BlessedBogan5 @bowdonrecruits @RecruitGeorgia @GradickSports pic.twitter.com/2MDp1bo5Cw
— TJHarvison (@DreamWayTJ) December 13, 2022
Harvison made an official visit to Pittsburgh over the weekend, after officially receiving an offer from cornerbacks backs Archie Collins on Nov. 9, and it was enough to convince him that Pitt is it.
Harvison emerged as a late priority commit for Pitt, at a position where he may be able to come in and make an immediate impact.
“Coach Collins said that he loves my physicality, my speed and my ball skills,” Harvison told PSN in November. “Then when I talked with coach (Andre) Powell. He was saying that he needs a guy that can play next year and would like me to play next year because they have a guy that’s already leaving.
“Hearing that I have a chance to play next year really pumps me up because I’m looking forward to going to a college where I can get the opportunity to get the most playing time.”
Bowdon High rolled to a 14-1 season, capped by a GHSA Class-1A Division II championship and Harvison led the way with 2,026 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on 250 carries (8.1 yards per attempt), and he racked up 256 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 12 receptions.
He also added 48 tackles (33 solo), four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and a recovery defensively.
247Sports rates Harvison as the 1,113th-ranked recruit in the class (71st-ranked running back and 105th-ranked recruit from Georgia). Rivals hasn’t ranked him yet, but he holds a 5.5 Rivals Rating.
With the uncertainty surrounding Israel Abanikanda’s future at Pitt, weighing the pros and cons of declaring for the NFL Draft, and Vincent Davis and C’Bo Flemister deciding on whether or not to use added COVID eligibility, Pitt’s running backs room is in flux.
Harvison joins a 2023 recruiting class that also features three-star running back Montravius Lloyd (Saint Petersburg, Florida). Harvison’s downhill running style mixed with Lloyd’s dual-threat ability out of the backfield is a nice pairing.