Pitt FB Recruiting
2024 3-Star Pine-Richland OL Target Ryan Cory Taking Official Visit to Pitt
There are a few WPIAL offensive linemen currently on the roster slated for key roles in 2023, including Jake Kradel (Butler) and Blake Zubovic (Belle Vernon), and that’s important to note.
The WPIAL-to-Pitt pipeline when it comes to offensive linemen is important when it comes to building bonds with local recruits but especially when it comes to adding quality offensive linemen that will be able to contribute down the line. And Ryan Cory fits both of those.
Cory — a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Pine-Richland High in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania — picked up an offer from Pitt last summer, immediately emerging as a key target in the class of 2024, and after a Junior Day visit in January, it laid the foundation for a successful relationship.
That relationship has laid the foundation for an official visit, which Cory confirmed to PSN, that will take place from June 8-10.
There are a lot of factors when it comes to Cory playing for his hometown team, including offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin but the connection with Borbely is one that transcends football.
“We really don’t talk a ton of football,” Cory told PSN in January. “It’s just connection things. We just talk because his life and my life are just completely straight football at this point in time. It’s nice talking to him about other stuff outside of football and what life looks like and we do talk about football and where I fit in with them, but he’s a great guy.”
As a hometown kid, of course, he’s familiar with Pitt’s football program. But his visit in January was the first true visit experience on campus. And it confirmed everything he thought he knew about the program. It’s a mutual attraction.
Pitt would certainly like it if he continued to thrive in Pittsburgh. He starred as a guard and a defensive tackle (racking up 37 tackles (27 solo), a tackle for loss, a sack and a pass breakup) on the way to a PIAA Class-5A championship in 2022.
Cory and the P-R Rams brought a championship home to Pittsburgh, and it was sweet (even though it wasn’t from Hershey Park). When it comes to bringing home future championships, it doesn’t matter if it’s in Pittsburgh or afar, but he can’t deny the storybook feeling it would inspire.
247Sports rates Cory as the 771st-ranked recruit in the class (49th-ranked interior offensive lineman and the 23rd-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while On3 rates him as the 843rd-ranked recruit in the class (68th-ranked interior offensive lineman and 25th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania).
Rivals rates Cory as the 24th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania — holding a 5.6 Rivals Rating.
He’s visited Miami, Penn State, Pitt and Vanderbilt since the calendar turned to 2023, and he’s already scheduled two other official visits to Wisconsin (June 2) and Vanderbilt (June 16).
Pitt, as the hometown school, certainly has a place in his future plans.
“They’re definitely up there,” Cory told PSN in January. “These guys, they offered me in the summer, and they’ve been really consistent with contacting me and they show a lot of interest, so I feel like they deserve that interest back from me. There’s not much to not like about them. They’re a great program, and I really like the guys that are there.”
With commitments from three-star linemen in Adham Abouraya and Jiavani Cooley (both from Pennsylvania), Cory would be a huge addition to the class.