Is Thursday the new day to watch for Pitt fans?
It treated Pitt fans pretty well last week as four-star Cam Lindsey committed to Pitt Thursday afternoon. Could this Thursday be similarly productive for Pitt’s recruiting efforts? It would seem so.
Jeremiah Marcelin announced late Sunday night that he will be making his college decision Thursday, and he will be choosing between Louisville, Maryland and Pitt.
Marcelin — a 6-foot-3, 230-pound three-star linebacker from Norland High School in Opa Locka, Fla. — holds offers from the likes of Auburn, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Ole Miss, Pitt, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF and West Virginia.
I will be committing on Thursday, June 22nd. Between Louisville, Maryland, and Pittsburgh. I want to thank all the coaches recruiting me through this process and it was the hardest decision for me to narrow down. Thank you.
— Jeremiah Marcelin ✪ (@m1ahhh__) June 19, 2023
Marcelin has not announced any official visits, but he did make an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh at the end of March, and in his own words, it was an eye-opening experience — in a very good way.
“I love the University and the city of Pittsburgh,” Marcelin told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Some things that stood out the most were how the Steelers and Pitt basically work alongside each other. Pitt’s facilities, the overall environment between the players and coaches were ecstatic and fun. Also, Pitt’s defensive scheme, I feel they could be one of the best fits for me in that aspect.
The unofficial visit came a few months after defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and Pitt officially offered him on Jan. 30. The relationship between them progressed enough for a spring practice visit, and it led to increased time with Partridge, head coach Pat Narduzzi and linebackers coach Ryan Manalac.
“They’re fun guys to be around in person, but watching them coach and work, you understand very quickly that they mean business and want to get the best out of you, and it shows defensively,” Marcelin said.
Marcelin is an interesting recruit in that he has the pass-rushing chops and nose for the football, along with the size at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, that he could grow into a defensive end. But he markets himself as a linebacker, and he could certainly fill a hybrid Money linebacker role in Pitt’s defense.
As a junior at Norland, Marcelin racked up 62 tackles (25 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks as an impact player in the defense, earning All-County and All-State honors for his efforts.
247Sports rates Marcelin as the 623rd-ranked recruit in the class (39th-ranked edge rusher and 92nd-ranked recruit from Florida) while On3 rates him as the 534th-ranked recruit in the class (59th-ranked linebacker and 66th-ranked recruit from Florida).
Rivals rates him as the 36th-ranked outside linebacker and 85th-ranked recruit from Florida — holding a 5.7 Rivals Rating.
Pitt currently holds commitments from Lindsey and three-star Davin Brewton, and Marcelin would be an excellent addition to the future of the linebacking corps. It would be two excellent Thursdays in a row.
There isn’t a time scheduled for Marcelin’s Thursday commitment yet, but PSN will be monitoring the commitment closely.