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2024 3-Star ATH Target Javier Etheridge Names Pitt to His Top 10



Pitt has hosted Javier Etheridge on a couple of recent visits, and it’s led to a relationship that has only grown stronger and stronger this spring.

It’s strong enough that Etheridge — a 5-foot-11, 165-pound three-star athlete from Mt. Healthy High in Cincinnati, Ohio — has named Pitt to his Top 10, along with Duke, Western Michigan, West Virginia, Toledo, Penn State, Marshall, Indiana, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

He will officially be announcing his commitment on May 13.

Pitt first offered Etheridge on Jan. 17, the first of a number of Power Five schools that jumped into his recruiting chase in the spring, and he visited for Junior Day later in January and once again for a spring practice in March.

“(Pitt is) one of my top schools just because of the culture and the coaches, real cool guys, really take care of their players,” Etheridge told PSN. “Every player that I’ve got a review from said it was a great place for them. The city vibes and sports teams are big and being there with the Steelers, so it’s one of the top schools for me.”

He’s built bonds with both Tiquan Underwood and both Archie Collins and Cory Sanders over the last few months, and he spent the most time with the wide receivers during his most recent visit. But he spent some time with the cornerbacks, too.

As an athlete who plays both wide receiver and defensive back at Mt. Healthy, he’s found himself asked quite a bit where coaching staffs most value him. Pitt can see both ways, but it’s likely going to be wide receiver heading forward.

And it’s certainly true that Etheridge excelled on both sides of the football as a junior, racking up 705 yards and nine touchdowns on 45 receptions offensively and 55 tackles (48 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, five pass breakups and a forced fumble defensively.

247Sports rates Etheridge as the 827th-ranked recruit in the class (90th-ranked athlete and 35th-ranked recruit from Ohio). On3 rates him as the 66th-ranked athlete and the 49th-ranked recruit from Ohio. Rivals hasn’t rated him yet, but that will change.

Pitt will have a little under a month until Etheridge commits, and as the communication has been consistent since an offer was first extended, Pitt is in good shape.

“I got family that’s already from down there, so I know a little bit of the culture, but just being with those guys, being with the coaches and everything, the vibe is just amazing,” Etheridge said. “It makes you feel like it’s home.

“It’s really just the coaches, they give a mentor vibe, and the hospitality is big there. One of my favorite places I can say.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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