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2024 OL Zafir Stewart No Longer Taking OV, Position Groups Filling Up



It’s always nice to rack up a lot of official visitors, but when the first weekend secures five commitments, to supplement 11 prior commitments, it starts to add up.

Coaches can’t take every official visitor, so it’s a balancing act when it comes to waiting out commitments from recruits who haven’t yet visited and accepting commitments from recruits who are already in town.

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It’s not a bad problem to have, especially when those commitments come from recruits that the coaching staff has coveted throughout the entire cycle.

But as those recruits — 14 confirmed with two yet to be announced — fill up position groups, it leads to spots being taken away. It may be the case for Zafir Stewart — a three-star offensive lineman from Imhotep Charter. Stewart had been scheduled to make his official visit to Pitt this weekend, but that will no longer be the case.

Pitt held commitments from three-star offensive linemen Adham Abouraya and Jiavani Cooley entering June, and three-star Mason Lindsay is Pitt’s most recent commitment. It’s safe to say there will be another offensive lineman commitment in the near future. Pitt took four offensive linemen in the last cycle. With another commitment, that would be four this cycle.

It’s a similar situation along the defensive line and in the secondary. Pitt held commitments from four defensive linemen (four-star Jahsear Whittington and three-stars Francis Brewu, Zach Crothers and Ty Yuhas) entering June. That’s already a solid class, and with targets like Elias Rudolph and Dominic Kirks in town last weekend, it feels like five is the magic number there.

Pitt only had one defensive back commitment entering June, in the form of three-star Tayshawn Banks, but two of the five Pat Signals were revealed as defensive backs. Three-star Allen Bryant and three-star Davion Pritchard.

The strength of this weekend’s group of recruits is in the backend. Four-star defensive backs Koy Beasley and Terhyon Nichols will be in town, along with three-star Chasen Johnson, and it feels like Pitt could take one more defensive back.

There are certainly positions that will be supplemented, such as wide receiver and linebacker, and there isn’t currently a quarterback committed to the class. But there are certainly other positions that are nearly wrapped up.

This weekend could go a long way in laying the foundation for the class of 2024.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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