Pitt FB Recruiting
2024 3-Star OL Target Ryan Howerton Taking Official Visit to Pitt
Ryan Howerton has been to visit Pittsburgh a few times since the calendar turned to 2023, and he’s left each time with a better feeling about where he stands with Pitt.
So, Howerton — a 6-foot-5, 305-pound three-star offensive tackle from St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel, Maryland — will be back one more time for an official visit before he narrows down where he wants to commit.
Howerton told PSN that he will be making an official visit to Pitt from June 22-24.
He holds offers from Akron, Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, Temple, Toledo, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, with interest from James Madison, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Wake Forest, his services are in demand.
But in getting to visit Pitt a few times over the last six months, he’s been able to build a strong bond with the coaching staff. Especially on his most recent visit in March for a spring practice.
Howerton was also able to spend more time with the coaching staff outside of practice, getting another opportunity to talk with Pat Narduzzi, Andre Powell and Dave Borbely.
He was able to meet Narduzzi for the first time in person, as Narduzzi officially welcomed him to Pitt, and he was able to spend more time with Borbely.
“It’s always been good energy,” Howerton said. “Every time I’ve went, there’s been good energy. It just feels like a good place to be. I’ve never seen any player come back and say they feel bad after, I’ve never seen anybody do anything else, so it’s just good energy all the time. It seems like a good place to grow as more than just an athlete.”
But speaking of athletes, Howerton certainly lives up to his nickname. He may not be as big as ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones, but he’s a load at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds. He’s the resident starting right tackle at St. Vincent Pallotti, and he uses his blend of strength and speed to overwhelm opposing defensive linemen.
247Sports rates Howerton as the 73rd-ranked offensive tackle and 21st-ranked recruit from Maryland. On3 rates him as the 53rd-ranked offensive tackle and 21st-ranked recruit from Maryland.
Rivals hasn’t rated Howerton yet, but he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.
With an official visit to Pitt lined up, Howerton is a target lineman in the class, and he’s held Pitt in his top two or three since January.
“Just the connection with the coaches,” Howerton told PSN in March. “I don’t have as much of a connection as I do with coach Powell and coach Borbely. We’re texting every other day at this point, and it just feels like I can ask them anything. I feel like a priority there.”
Pitt currently holds commitments from three-star Adham Abouraya and three-star Jiavani Cooley, and the June 22-24 visit window features a visit from another target in three-star Moritz Schmoranzer.