Pitt FB Recruiting
2024 3-Star DB Guy Edmond Jr. is Well Aware of the Pipeline of Cardinal Gibbons DB to Pitt
“It’s like a pipeline going on right now, you know,” Guy Edmond Jr. told PSN.
Edmond, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound three-star defensive back from Cardinal Gibbons High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, may or may not be the next Cardinal Gibbons defensive back to commit to Pitt, but he was in town to check out the spring game.
He flew in on Friday though, and he was met by P.J. O’Brien — whose younger brother Shamauri plays at Cardinal Gibbons. And O’Brien certainly showed him a good time.
“As far as just the city goes, because the Friday night I got up there, I went downtown,” Edmond said. “I liked it, there were a lot of people out, I liked the city, I loved the way it looked. It’s not a big city, but it’s still a nice city. I loved the vibes I was getting.”
Edmond was able to spend Friday night checking out Pittsburgh, and he toured the South Side facilities Saturday morning before the game. After the game, he was able to speak a bit more with O’Brien and fellow Cardinal Gibbons alum Marquis Williams.
“They made it feel real welcoming,” Edmond said. “I spoke to a bunch of those guys on the field, and I still have Jesse Anderson, a guy who signed to Pitt, he’s still at school, so I talk to him every day. He definitely in my ear about Pitt.”
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— Guy Edmond Jr. (@GuyEdmondJr1) April 15, 2023
He thought he might get offered on Jan. 19, during a call with Charlie Partridge, but it didn’t arrive. It came a day later though — after Partridge shared his film with Archie Collins and Cory Sanders.
“I got offered by Partridge, but I’ve been talking to the secondary coach and the safeties coach, so I think I’m on the board as a safety, nickel type of guy,” Edmond said. “But I can play anywhere in the secondary.”
In addition to checking in with guys like O’Brien and Williams, he spent some time with Sanders on Saturday, too. It was a good conversation, catching up and talking about the visit as a whole — about the Pitt defensive backs, too. Edmond is excited to continue building that relationship.
The relationship with Pitt as a whole was continued Saturday as Edmond was able to check out the spring game. He was down on the field at Acrisure Stadium during warmups and saw the intensity. He liked that kind of energy, the intensity in place just for a spring game.
“I saw all of (the defensive backs) are just fast and all of them played to the ball, none of them really took any plays off and I liked that,” Edmond said. “That’s what my coaches teach at my school, fast to the ball and don’t take any plays off. So, I could see me fitting in there perfect. I just liked the way all of them have good ball skills.”
It’s true that Edmond plays fast and hard at Cardinal Gibbons, a hard-hitting defensive back capable of moving all over the secondary. As a junior, playing in the same secondary as Anderson, Edmond recorded 28 tackles (16 solo) and an interception.
247Sports rates Edmond as the 113th-ranked cornerback and the 183rd-ranked recruit from Florida. Neither Rivals nor On3 has rated him yet, but that will change over the course of the summer.
He has offers from Akron, Bethune-Cookman, Indiana and Pitt right now, flying a little under the radar in that aspect, but he’s received interest from UCF, Washington, Oregon State and Wake Forest.
Pitt has certainly stood out in the recruiting chase, not just because of the offer, but because of the way he communicates with the staff on a regular basis — he certainly feels the love.
He’s made visits to UCF, Washington, Oregon State and Pitt, with plans for Indiana, too, but he doesn’t have any plans to commit just yet. He wants to take all of his official visits and commit before his senior season kicks off.
Pitt is one of the schools that Edmond wants to come back to for an official visit. “I want to come back and just get more of a feel of it and more one-on-one time with the coaches because the spring game was kinda hectic.” He wants to see the schools that have offered.
“Pitt is definitely up there,” Edmond said. “I definitely take them more seriously than other schools who didn’t really keep up the communication at all. So, Pitt is definitely up there and one of my favorite schools.”
Pitt has picked up a commitment from 2024 3-star defensive back Tayshawn Banks so far, and there will be other cornerbacks added to the class.