Pitt’s luck with defensive backs from Ohio hasn’t been very good over the last week.
Terhyon Nichols announced his commitment Sunday night, and his choice was not Pitt.
Nichols — a 6-foot, 180-pound four-star cornerback from Withrow High in Cincinnati, Ohio — committed to Kentucky over his list of finalists that included Pitt, Cincinnati, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
Kentucky was the first official visit that Nichols took in June, and he made his way to Pitt, Penn State and Michigan over the rest of the month. But it appears that first visit was the one that stood out the most.
His offer list included Pitt, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Penn State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The coaching staff, including Dave Borbely and Archie Collins, recruited Nichols hard, but it ultimately resulted in naught.
247Sports rates Nichols as the 271st-ranked recruit in the class (22nd-ranked cornerback and ninth-ranked recruit from Ohio) while On3 rates him as the 188th-ranked recruit in the class (26th-ranked cornerback and seventh-ranked recruit from Ohio).
Rivals rates him as the 33rd-ranked cornerback and 10th-ranked recruit from Ohio.
Pitt currently holds commitments from three-star safety Allen Bryant (Hollywood, Florida), three-star cornerback Tayshawn Banks (Cincinnati, Ohio), three-star safety Nigel Maynard (Smyrna, Tennessee) and three-star cornerback Davion Pritchard (Youngstown, Ohio).
There will likely be another defensive back or two added to Pitt’s 2024 class going forward, a class that will very likely add a commitment or two over the next couple of weeks.