The day has arrived for Koy Beasley.
He set a final four of Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin back in May, but after his visits to Pitt and Purdue, it appears that he will decide between the two schools.
Beasley — a 6-foot, 180-pound four-star safety from La Salle High in Cincinnati, Ohio — appeared to be on his way to Pitt after his official visit to Pitt from June 8-10, but his official visit to Purdue last weekend appears to have changed things.
Regardless, he’s a top recruit in the class, one who holds offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami (Oh.), Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Toledo, USC, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and anything could happen Wednesday.
— Koy Beasley (@KoyBeasley) June 21, 2023
Pitt has recruited Beasley very hard since first extending an offer all the way back in May of 2022, and he’s built a very strong relationship with Randy Bates, Cory Sanders and Archie Collins since then.
He’s been to Pitt a few times, including a game last fall and a spring practice in April, and of course, for official visit from June 8-10.
He’s learned a lot from Sanders — coverages, techniques and things that he’s able to translate to his own play even now — during the recruiting process, during their times in person and over the phone. And he’s felt the love.
Pitt’s coaching staff has been in constant contact with Beasley, checking up and seeing how he’s doing on a daily basis. He felt like the priority he became every step of the way.
Beasley and his father used his spring visit as a chance to check out how Pitt operated. He wanted to see how Bates and Sanders coached individually, and as the pair worked together when it came to coordinator and position coach. He saw the intensity, the scheme and how defensive backs play in that scheme. And he saw an even more in-depth opportunity in June.
He’s able to play cornerback, or really anything in a defensive scheme, but Pitt’s staff sees him as a safety — a free safety in the mold of All-ACC safety Erick Hallett.
“I got a lot of comparisons to Erick Hallett, so I really watch how he plays to see how I fit in Pitt’s defense,” Beasley said.
Hallett is one of the newest members of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and as he’s joined by Brandon Hill in the Pitt-to-the-NFL pipeline. Beasley saw it. It only made him more confident as Pitt is able to stack up back-to-back-to-back drafts of defensive backs being selected. He, of course, wants to be next.
And he’s building that resume already at the high school level. As a junior at LaSalle, Beasley racked up 882 all-purpose yards and added 40 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception defensively — following up on an explosive sophomore season.
247Sports rates Beasley as the 123rd-ranked recruit in the class (ninth-ranked safety and the fifth-ranked recruit from Ohio) while On3 rates him as the 102-ranked recruit in the class (15th-ranked cornerback and fourth-ranked recruit from Ohio).
Rivals rates him as the 208th-ranked recruit in the class (12th-ranked athlete and sixth-ranked recruit from Ohio.
Beasley is one of the top defensive backs in the class of 2024, and he would be a crowning piece in Pitt’s class. Now it’s just a wait until Beasley’s 7 p.m. announcement.