Pitt FB Recruiting
2023 Hampton WR Benny Haselrig Commits to Pitt as Preferred Walk-On
Pitt has added preferred walk-ons from across the WPIAL over recent seasons, and it has resulted in an eventual scholarship here and there. Benny Haselrig is the next WPIAL walk-on.
Haselrig, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound wide receiver from Hampton High in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, committed to Pitt as a preferred walk-on Friday night, over PWO offers from WVU, Marshall, Penn State and full offers from a number of Division II schools.
“100% committed!! I’m thankful and blessed to continue working towards my dreams at the University of Pittsburgh!” he wrote on Twitter.
100% Committed!! I’m thankful and blessed to continue working towards my dreams at the University of Pittsburgh!🙏🏽💙💛 IWNDB~CH #committed #h2p @TiUnderwood @CoachDuzzPittFB @CoachKlineAlex @MikePanther247 @PittPanthers247 @Pitt_FB @wpialsportsnews pic.twitter.com/HUtaZOkOmf
— Benny Haselrig (@BennyHaselrig) February 18, 2023
As a local kid, Haselrig has been around the facility for a long time now. He competes with Evolve 7v7 and has trained at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
Haselrig made it out to Pitt’s spring practices last spring, attended Pitt’s win over Virginia Tech in October and after Junior Day visits to West Virginia and Penn State recently, he decided to stay home at Pitt.
As a senior at Hampton, Haselrig racked up 57 receptions for 907 yards (16.9 yards per reception) and 14 touchdowns — adding four interceptions defensively.
Haselrig isn’t the biggest wideout, but he’s sturdy, sure handed and he’s shown the ability to make plays happen with the football in his hands.
Haselrig will have the chance to grow in Pitt’s system, joining a wide receiving corps that features a handful of walk-ons.
He also joins a 2023 recruiting class that features Lamar Seymore and Israel Polk (who are already on campus) and Kenny Johnson and Zion Fowler (who will be arriving mid-year).
Pitt has added quarterback David Lynch (Bradenton, Florida) and twin offensive linemen Brody and Graysen Riffe (Winter Garden, Florida).
This kid looks really good for being a PWO. He appears to catch and run, dare I say, like Jordan Addison. Great hands and elusive running style. I could definitely see Pitt initially using him as a kick and/or punt returner. True sleeper potential.
Saw him play in person a few times this year. He could easily play at a MAC school or non Power 5 team as a scholarship player. If he were taller he would be a power 5 recruit. He is very quick and elusive. He scored every time he touched the ball in the playoff game against Montour this past season.