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2024 3-Star S Kameron Courtney Furthers Relationship With Pitt After Strong Visit



Jordan Bass led his squad to a 15-0 season capped by a Virginia state title last season.

Kameron Courtney led his squad to a 15-0 season capped by a Virginia state title last season, too. And Pitt is firmly in the mix for the two-way star from Virginia — just as it was last year for Bass.

Courtney — a 6-foot, 190-pound three-star safety from Freedom High in Woodbridge, Virginia — made his first trip up to Pittsburgh over the weekend to catch up with the coaching staff and check out a scrimmage at Acrisure Stadium.

“I got to see them kinda go live,” Courtney told PSN. “They were really intense actually, I liked that, really fast-paced. And the defense, they were hitting real hard, which I like since I play defense. And I go to watch all the safety positions, all the DB positions, and I can kinda visualize myself playing those positions.”

Courtney wasn’t watching anything in particular when it came to Pitt’s defensive backs, just what they were doing and how they were moving on the field, but he was definitely watching closely as he went over schemes with Cory Sanders on film.

“I think he’s a great coach,” Courtney said. “He was sitting down with me, explaining all their coverages, so I think he’s really genuine on what he means. He’s not saying anything fake, he really means what he says.”

And as he watched Pitt scrimmage Saturday morning and film with Sanders Saturday afternoon, he found himself believing he’d be a nice fit in the system.

Courtney prides himself on being a very physical player — offensively and defensively — but he’s got the kind of ball skills that would allow him to be a wide receiver or defensive back. Pitt is recruiting him as a defensive back because of his physicality and ability to shadow opponents in coverage.

He feels like he can do anything that Pitt’s coaching staff would ask defensively.

And while Saturday’s visit was centered around football, Courtney was also able to get a look into the culture that Pat Narduzzi has built.

“It’s really good,” Courtney said. “It’s positive vibes all around. Guys want to be there. It’s not negative where guys don’t want to be there or they’re not happy. Everybody seems like they want to be there.”

After Courtney’s elite two-way season at powerhouse Freedom last season, starring as a wide receiver, safety and a kick returner, it’s easy to see why Pitt wants Courtney, too.

He racked up over 1,000 yards offensively (194 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 839 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns). He recorded 61 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three recoveries defensively. And he added 237 kick return yards and two more touchdowns on special teams.

247Sports rates Courtney as the 77th-ranked athlete and the 19th-ranked recruit from Virginia. While Rivals and On3 haven’t rated him yet, that will change as his busy summer continues.

Courtney doesn’t have a date in mind for a commitment at this point, only a loose plan to narrow down a list of his contenders (which includes Boston College, Duke, Indiana, JMU, Kent State, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Penn, Pitt, Temple, Virginia and Virginia Tech).

He’s hearing from Pitt, Indiana, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina, with visits planned for UNC, BC and Indiana in April.

As Courtney has communicated with the coaching staff at Pitt on a weekly basis, and now coming off a strong first visit with the program, Pitt stands in a good place.

“They stand pretty high because I like how they’re showing love, they’re not just offering me and then they stop talking, so they’re showing love and keeping in contact with me,” Courtney said. “I really feel like they really want me there, so they’re sitting pretty high.”

It will be important now to bring Courtney back to campus over the summer, continuing the relationship strengthened over the last few months.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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