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‘Why Wait?’ 2024 Central Catholic DL Ty Yuhas Knew Pitt Was It From the Start



After Ty Yuhas got off the phone with Charlie Partridge Saturday, he thought about committing right then and there.

Pitt, after months and months of contact, finally extended an offer. It was Yuhas’ — a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Central Catholic High — first Power Five offer. But that wasn’t why he felt like he could commit then and there.

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He grew up as a Pitt fan, watched defensive linemen like Aaron Donald, Jaylen Twyman, Patrick Jones and Rashad Weaver dominate opposing offensive lines and dreamed about one day wearing a Pitt jersey out on the same field.

So, Yuhas processed the offer all day Sunday before giving Pat Narduzzi a call Monday night to tell him the news — he was committing.

“(Pitt has) honestly been recruiting me since June, and we’ve kept in contact since June building a good relationship, and when they did offer me — I’ve always wanted to go to Pitt,” Yuhas told PSN. “So, my first reaction was, ‘Why wait?'”

Yuhas told Narduzzi he was committing on Monday night, but he officially announced his commitment Thursday night via Twitter.

He fulfilled a lifelong dream by committing to Pitt, deciding to jump on his offer early, committing over his first offer from Kent State, and it was largely the result of a lifelong relationship fostered as a WPIAL kid. He’s built a bond with the coaching staff and is very, very familiar with the area.

“I’ve been down there a bunch of times, the environment is great, and the coaching staff — in my opinion — is one of the top in college football,” Yuhas said. “And overall, it’s just great down there.”

Narduzzi, of course, was very happy to have a WPIAL kid commit to the class of 2024.

Yuhas feels like he’s destined for a role on the interior of Pitt’s defensive line, after talking with the coaching staff, and as he’s made the transition from linebacker to defensive end, he has plenty of room to grow just as the high school level. The opportunity to be the next in a long line of stud defensive linemen is there.

“It feels great,” Yuhas said. “If you look at their defensive line now, I can think of five kids on their defensive line right now that are doing very well. And in previous years also.”

Yuhas is new to the position, dropping down to play along Central Catholic’s defensive line, but his motor — a key trait Pitt’s coaching staff values — is noticeable on every play. A strong senior season coming off the edge for Central Catholic should be expected — along with a number of sacks and tackles for loss.

And the lone goal for 2023 is bringing home another championship to Central.

Yuhas isn’t able to enroll early at Pitt because of the precedent set by former Central Catholic student-athletes, so as much as he’d like to do otherwise, he will be arriving next summer.

And while he will attempt to lure some of his current teammates to Pitt, he has just one message for Pitt fans now that’s committed.

“Let’s get to work,” Yuhas said. “That’s it, that’s all I can think of.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 year ago

Thanks for staying home kid… Lets get to work!!!!

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