Western Pennsylvania might not be producing the amount of Power Five talent that it once did, but that doesn’t mean major college recruiting has gone dry in the area.
Looking back at the classes of 2022 and 2023, the WPIAL has produced players that have signed with Notre Dame, Pitt (twice), Kentucky, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Rutgers and Penn State (twice).
Thus far for the Class of 2024, Belle Vernon four-star athlete Quinton Martin has committed to Penn State, Pine-Richland three-star offensive lineman Ryan Cory has given a verbal to Wisconsin, Central Catholic three-star defensive end Ty Yuhas and Aliquippa four-star linebacker Cam Lindsey both decided to stay home and committed to Pitt, Central Catholic three-star linebacker Cole Sullivan pledged to Michigan while Sullivan’s teammate four-star linebacker Anthony Speca is heading to Penn State.
Two other WPIAL player that are currently uncommitted but will end up making Power Five commitments are Bishop Canevin 3-star defensive back Jason Cross and Central Catholic three-star wide receiver Peter Gonzalez.
That means, the way things stand right now, this crop of local players will produce eight Power Five recruits.
Looking ahead to the future, the classes of 2025 and 2026 are well on their way to matching or even surpassing that number.
The staff over at Pitt is well aware of how talented the upcoming crop of WPIAL talent is and over the last couple of days, Cory Sanders and Pat Narduzzi have extended offers to three, young WPIAL stars: Central Catholic 2025 three-star athlete Bradley Gompers, Laurel Highlands 2025 three-star defensive back Antwan Black and Aliquippa 2027 defensive back Larry Moon III.
Including those three players, Pitt has now offered 10 players in the WPIAL Classes of 2025-27.
CLASS OF 2025:
Brady O’Hara: North Catholic three-star tight end with Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Dayshaun Burnett: Imani Christian four-star linebacker with Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan State, Rutgers, Michigan, Duke and Kentucky.
Antwan Black: Laurel Highlands three-star defensive with Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia.
Tiqwai Hayes: Aliquippa four-star running back with Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Louisville and Cincinnati.
Bradley Gompers: Central Catholic three-star athlete with Power Five offers from Pitt, West Virginia and Boston College.
CLASS OF 2026:
Daiveon Taylor: Bishop Canevin linebacker with Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Syracuse.
Da’Ron Barksdale: Steel Valley athlete with Power Five offers from Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia.
David Davis: Imani Christian athlete with Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Kyshawn Robinson: Westinghouse athlete with Power Five offers from Pitt, Nebraska, Syracuse and West Virginia.
CLASS OF 2027:
Larry Moon III: Aliquippa defensive back with Power Five offers from Pitt.