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Pitt Offers Laurel Highlands Class of 2025 Defensive Back Antwan Black Jr.



Laurel Highlands defensive back Antwan Black Jr. makes a tackle against a West Allegheny player

Pitt offered a local WPIAL product in Laurel Highlands Class of 2025 defensive back Antwan Black Jr. on Tuesday.

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Black played mainly at cornerback for the Mustangs last season He starred in a strong defense for the Mustangs last season that allowed around just 17 points per game, as he made 27 total tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one pass defended in 2022. That interception he recorded came against rival Connellsville, in which he returned it 104 yards back for a touchdown.

He also has served at running back and wide receiver on offense for Laurel Highlands as well. Black ran 30 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns, while also making 24 catches for three touchdowns and 363 receiving yards.

Black excels in coverage when playing in man at cornerback. His speed keeps him around his receiver at all times and he combines it with great tackling ability to take down receivers after they make a catch. His quickness on offense allows him to get away from defenders on the ground or in the air and his great hands make him a daunting passing threat.

Black and his teammates had an 8-3 overall record and a 5-1 conference record in the WPIAL AAAA Big Seven, good enough for a three-way tie with Mckeesport and Thomas Jefferson in 2022. They defeated West Allegheny in the First Round in a resounding 44-15 win, but stood no chance against Central Valley in the Quarterfinals, falling in a 36-7 loss on the road.

Pitt comes as just the third school to offer Black, but their rivals in Penn State and West Virginia offered the WPIAL product first. Black visited Penn State for Junior Day and for their Spring Game so far and has a good relationship with cornerbacks coach Terry Smith.

June is one of the busiest months for Pitt recruiting and staff are working around the clock to bring in top talent. Securing a WPIAL product in Antwan Black Jr. would be a great start in bringing in local talent and developing it right away.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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