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2024 4-Star Pitt DL Commit Jahsear Whittington Schedules Official Visit



Jahsear Whittington committed to Pitt a little over a year ago now, as just a sophomore at Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia, but he’s remained steadfast in his pledge ever since — even serving as a recruiter himself at times.

The four-star defensive lineman committed to Pitt, following his first visit to campus, over offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

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And with his recruiting process beginning to wind down now, with official visits just a month away, he’s scheduled an official visit to Pitt from June 8-10 — making it back to Pittsburgh for the fifth time since committing on April 18, 2022.

Whittington most recently made it out to Pitt for a long weekend at the end of March, getting yet another extended look at his future home, and PSN was able to catch up with him as he did so.

He was Pitt’s first commitment in the class of 2024. And while it wasn’t on his mind to be the first when he committed, he’s enjoyed seeing the class grow around him.

“It’s a good moment,” Whittington said. “It’s a good moment for the program, for the class. When I committed, I wasn’t really worried about being the first commit, but after a while, I started realizing it was a big thing, so I’m happy to have those guys commit.

“They’re great players. I watched a lot of them, if not played against some of them, so I’m just excited for our class. I’m praying everybody stays, we all sign together and we come in the class and get to work.”

Whittington is coming off a junior season at Imhotep, earning his second consecutive All-State honor, in which he racked up over 40 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three fumble recoveries — his second straight impact season on a loaded Imhotep defense.

And when it comes to his playing style, Whittington can only describe himself in one way.

“(I’m) a dawg,” Whittington said. “That’s as much as I can say. When you look at Jahsear Whittington, look at his tape, you go to a game, you’re gonna see 25 on the field making plays no matter what.

“My biggest strength is just showing no doubt. I never doubt myself, my team or anything. Whatever I do, I do it with passion, so I can say that’s my biggest thing. I never think the game is over, and I never, ever feel any lineman in front of me can block me.”

247Sports rates Whittington as the 513th-ranked recruit in the class (43rd-ranked defensive lineman and 13th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania). Rivals is even higher on Whittington, rating him as the 14th-ranked defensive tackle and 12th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania — holding a 5.8 Rivals Rating.

Whittington is the crown jewel of a defensive line class that also includes three-star Francis Brewu (Columbus, Ohio), three-star Ty Yuhas (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and three-star Zachary Crothers (Hollywood, Florida). And it should only rise with the talent headed to Pittsburgh this summer.

And as Calijah Kancey was selected in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft Thursday night, Whittington had a message for Pitt fans.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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