It would be an understatement to call this a huge recruiting weekend for the Pitt Panther football program.
It’s the last weekend of official visits for Pitt and they’re closing things out in a big fashion with some big-time players.
To this point, Pitt’s Class of 2024 consists of four 4-star recruits and they’re trying to increase that as they’ll be hosting at least four players with a 4-star rating. Pittsburgh Sports Now is still working to confirm visitors for this week, with things possibly changing because of commitments that Pitt has already received.
Throughout the afternoon, PSN will let you know of the players that we’ve confirmed to be making their official visits.
Let’s start with visitor No. 1: UCF commit Sincere Edwards.
Edwards is a 4-star defensive end from Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla. Rivals lists Edwards as a 5.8 recruit and rates him as one of the Top 20 strongside defensive ends in the Class of 2024.
Despite already committing to UCF, Edwards recruitment is 100% open, which is why he’ll be in Pittsburgh later this week.
In fact, this won’t be the UCF commit’s first time in Pittsburgh. Back in April, he made an unofficial visit, which spread out over three days. During that stay, one of the highlights was him meeting and having the chance to speak with former Pitt legend and current NFL great Aaron Donald.
“I got to meet a guy that I look up to, which is Aaron Donald,” Edwards said. “I got to meet him; that was very cool. I also got to meet Calijah Kancey, and that was very cool. So, in meeting these Pitt legends, it was real fun and a great experience.
The way that Pitt defensive line coach Charlie Partridge developed Kancey — the best Pitt defensive tackle since Donald — hasn’t been lost upon Edwards either.
“If you look, me and Calijah pretty much have the same body type,” Edwards said. “I’m 6-1, 260, coming into college he was 6-foot, 250, so it’s about the same there.”
“I love the way [Partridge] coaches. And not only him; I wanna give credit to the whole defensive staff. The defensive coordinator [Randy Bates]. They have a plan, and they get the kids to buy into the plan. And they execute it very well, in my opinion.”
Edwards was one of the most disruptive forces in Florida high school ball, as a junior at Wekiva, He recorded 78 tackles (48 solo), 27 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and recovered two fumbles. His blend of speed and power in a 260-pound frame is apparent.
Edwards is one of three 4-star defensive ends that the Pitt staff is currently pursuing: Edwards, Elias Rudolph (Deerfield Beach, Florida) and Dominic Kirks (Cleveland, Ohio).
Following his visit in April, Edwards told PSN that Pitt was tied with Central Florida. Starting on Thursday, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi and company will do whatever they can to try and break that tie and add another 4-star talent to their already impressive recruiting class.