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Pitt QB Target Miles O’Neill Making Unofficial Visit Today



Miles O’Neill is one of Pitt’s top targets in the class of 2024, a fast-rising quarterback who will spend his senior season in New Jersey, and today is an important day in his recruitment.

O’Neill — a 6-foot-6, 220-pound three-star quarterback from the Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey — is in Pittsburgh today for an unofficial visit, which happens to come as the Pittsburgh Steelers will be in the midst of OTAs.

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Pitt joined the likes of Boston College, Columbia, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Temple and Virginia in extending offers, and he’s picked up additional offers from Memphis, Penn State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt since.

Frank Cignetti Jr. extended O’Neill’s offer personally after a throwing session at the Hun School earlier this month, and the two built a solid bond in their first in-person experience. It appears as if Cignetti will be taking an even larger role in recruiting O’Neill with Jon DiBiaso no longer on the coaching staff.

DiBiaso, while he was still on the staff, was able to teach O’Neill a bit about the university, its rich culture and history and how Pitt would be able to get O’Neill where he wanted to be — professionally and academically. “And I love what I hear, so I’m just really excited,” O’Neill said. 

But O’Neill already had somewhat of a Pitt connection even before he started talking to the coaching staff. His quarterback coach — and new offensive coordinator at the Hun School — is Tony Racioppi, Kenny Pickett’s quarterback coach.

“My quarterback coach coaches Kenny Pickett, so he’s told me a lot about Pitt, so I know that it’s legit football, it has a great business school, which is what I want to major in, and it seems like a great opportunity,” O’Neill said. 

O’Neill has thrown with Racioppi about six times now, and he’s left every session feeling better and better. He was a big draw in transferring to the Hun School from Massachusetts. It’s their relationship, and his desire to improve at every aspect of the position, that has left him confident he’ll be able to dominate teams in his senior season. Racioppi is certainly excited to work with O’Neill this fall, too.

“Of all the kids I’ve had over the years, we’re talking over 20 years of high school and college coaching and obviously training the quarterback, he might be the most physically gifted high school kid I’ve ever had,” Racioppi said.

O’Neill spent his junior season at Marblehead High in Massachusetts, leading the Magicians to an 8-2 record, and he’ll play at the Hun School for his senior season. In three games recorded on MaxPreps, he completed 51-of-77 pass attempts (66%) for 653 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.

He’s a big-bodied quarterback with a very strong arm — and plenty of room to improve as he’s working with Racioppi this offseason. And he’s also a very capable athlete who has played safety on the defensive side of the ball.

247Sports and Rivals haven’t ranked O’Neill yet, although he holds a 5.6 Rivals Rating. On3 rates him as the 35th-ranked quarterback and the 13th-ranked recruit from New Jersey.

O’Neill is a major target in the class of 2024, and he’s the type of rising quarterback who could really jump high in recruiting rankings with a strong summer and senior campaign. With the sheer amount of interest coming his way, I’d be surprised if he were to commit today, but if Pitt can secure an official visit today, it will go a long way in building that relationship.

2024 quarterback target Henry Hasselbeck will be taking an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh on Thursday, and 2024 quarterback target Trever Jackson has scheduled an official visit. So, Pitt’s quarterback recruiting is beginning to reach a breaking point. It may come down to which quarterback feels comfortable enough to commit first.

Of course, there is not a quarterback commitment in the class of 2024 to this point.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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