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2024 4-Star S Koy Beasley Very Likely to Make Another Trip to Pitt for an Official Visit



Pitt has been in communication with Koy Beasley for quite some time now. He’s entering his senior season, but he’s been in contact with Pitt’s staff since well before his sophomore season began.

Beasley — a 6-foot, 180-pound four-star athlete from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio — first made it out to Pittsburgh for a camp appearance about two years ago, but he didn’t receive an offer from defensive coordinator Randy Bates until about a year ago.

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He hadn’t talked to safeties coach Cory Sanders at all upon receiving his offer just under a year ago, but that relationship has expanded in a big way and his relationship with Pitt as a whole has done the same.

He visited once for that camp appearance prior to his sophomore season, once more for Pitt’s 38-31 win over West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl last September and once again last week for spring ball.

“My visit was great,” Beasley told PSN. “I had a good time, it was a good experience and I got to watch practice. It was just a good visit.”

Thursday’s visit was a new kind of experience, even though he’d been twice before. It’s not quite the same for a camp visit, and while he had an excellent time out for Pitt’s season opener last season, his third visit was different. He felt like a priority this time.

“So, it was just good,” Beasley said. “And I got to watch practice this time to see how all of the coaches coach, got to sit with the coaches in meetings and hang out with the coaches, so it was just different.”

Beasley has been able to build a very strong connection with Bates and Sanders through the recruiting process, which was only furthered Thursday. He’s learned a lot from Sanders — coverages, techniques and things that he’s able to translate to his own play even now — and Bates has been that point of contact for a long time now.

Pitt’s coaching staff has been in constant contact with Beasley, checking up and seeing how he’s doing on a daily basis. He does feel like the top priority that he’s become.

Beasley and his father used Thursday as a chance to check out how Pitt operated. He wanted to see how Bates and Sanders coached individually, although both come together as a coordinator and position coach. But he saw the intensity, the scheme and how defensive backs play in that scheme.

He’s able to play cornerback, or really anything in a defensive scheme, but Pitt’s staff sees him as a safety — a free safety in the mold of All-ACC safety Erick Hallett.

“I got a lot of comparisons to Erick Hallett, so I really watch how he plays to see how I fit in Pitt’s defense,” Beasley said.

Hallett is an NFL hopeful this offseason, and as he’s joined by Brandon Hill in the attempt to continue the Pitt-to-the-NFL pipeline, Beasley sees it. It only makes him more confident as Pitt is able to stack up back-to-back-to-back drafts of defensive backs being selected. He, of course, wants to be next.

And he’s building that resume already at the high school level. As a junior at LaSalle, Beasley racked up 882 all-purpose yards and added 40 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception defensively — following up on an explosive sophomore season.

247Sports rates Beasley as the 241st-ranked recruit in the class (20th-ranked safety and the seventh-ranked recruit from Ohio) while On3 rates him as the 96th-ranked recruit in the class (fourth-ranked athlete and fourth-ranked recruit from Ohio).

Rivals rates him as the 44th-ranked safety and the 17th-ranked recruit from Ohio — holding a 5.7 Rivals Rating.

Beasley is a very highly-regarded recruit in the class of 2024, holding offers from Boston College, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami (Oh.), Minnesota, Nebraska, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Toledo, USC and West Virginia — and interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

He made a visit to Pitt on Thursday, and he’ll be visiting Purdue over the weekend USC next weekend. He’s also been to Cincinnati and Georgia this month.

He wants to make his commitment after his official visit schedule this summer, which will come before his senior season at LaSalle, and he just wants to find a school where he feels like he fits best. He wants to feel wanted, of course, but he also wants to find a strong culture and a coaching staff that will get him where he needs to be.

As of right now, Beasley doesn’t have any official visits lined up, but he has Pitt, Georgia and USC on his mind. Pitt, after a strong visit, is firmly in the mix.

“The culture is great,” Beasley said. “Everybody knows each other, and you’re right next to the Steelers facility, so it’s a really good culture. Really good vibe. Everybody is family and everybody knows each other.

“Pitt definitely is going to be up there. I’m probably going to go back for an official.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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