June started off with a roar, and while it may have ended with a whimper, the opportunity to add isn’t done.
It’s a slightly complicated issue when it comes to the last few Pat Signals of June. There were five Pat Signals from the first official visit weekend, and all five have been announced. There were five Pat Signals from the second official visit weekend, and this is where it gets complicated.
One of Pitt’s Pat Signals went back on his unannounced signal and committed elsewhere, and another has not yet announced his commitment. And there was another who has since decommitted.
So, of that group, there are still two commitments. Cameron Monteiro and Nigel Maynard. And Cameron Lindsey’s Pat Signal arrived a few days later, but he was certainly a welcomed addition to the class.
And the third and final official visit window has netted Moritz Schmoranzer, but there’s still an active Pat Signal, and there are a few more recruits who are scheduled to commit over the course of July.
Pitt is awaiting decisions from four-star defensive end Mylachi Williams, four-star offensive lineman Ryan Howerton and four-star wide receiver Zy’Marion Lang.
So, let’s take a look at Pitt’s targets over the month of July.
Ryan Howerton — four-star offensive tackle
I think if Pitt wants Howerton, he will be a Panther when his commitment date arrives in July. And he’d certainly be a welcomed addition.
Howerton — a 6-foot-5, 305-pound four-star offensive tackle from St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel, Maryland — has narrowed down his list of offers to just five: Howard, Maryland, Pitt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. And there’s a decision coming July 15.
And he’s taken official visits to West Virginia, Maryland and Pitt over the course of June, finishing off his month in Pittsburgh, in fact.
Howerton has been able to build a strong connection with Pitt over the last few months, making multiple trips out to Pittsburgh to connect with the coaching staff since he first made it out for Pitt’s Junior Day in January.
“Just the connection with the coaches (has made an impact),” Howerton told PSN in March. “I don’t have as much of a connection (with other coaches) as I do with coach Powell and coach Borbely. We’re texting every other day at this point, and it just feels like I can ask them anything. I feel like a priority there.”
He was able to spend some one-on-one time with the coaching staff during his spring practice visit in March, and he had his most extensive visit yet with his official visit from June 22-24 — alongside new Pitt commit Moritz Schmoranzer.
“It’s always been good energy,” Howerton said. “Every time I’ve went, there’s been good energy. It just feels like a good place to be. I’ve never seen any player come back and say they feel bad after, I’ve never seen anybody do anything else, so it’s just good energy all the time. It seems like a good place to grow as more than just an athlete.”
247Sports rates Howerton as the 598th-ranked recruit in the class (44th-ranked offensive tackle and 17th-ranked recruit from Maryland) while On3 rates him as the 644th-ranked recruit in the class (43rd-ranked offensive tackle and 19th-ranked recruit from Maryland).
Rivals is even higher on Howerton, rating him as the 38th-ranked offensive tackle and 15th-ranked recruit from Maryland — holding a 5.8 Rivals Rating.
Zy’Marion Lang — four-star wide receiver
There didn’t appear to be a whole lot going on between Lang and Pitt until he scheduled his official visit to Pittsburgh in May, but he’s quickly grown into a top target.
Lang — a 6-foot-3, 170-pound three-star wide receiver from Palmetto in Palmetto, Florida — has set a final four of Kansas State, Pitt, South Carolina and USF, and Pitt is in very good standing for the talented wide receiver.
Lang made official visits to West Virginia (June 9-11) and Pitt (June 22-24), and as he’s a kid from the Tampa area, it makes sense that USF is in contention for his signature. But Pitt has been in hard pursuit all throughout the summer now.
“Me and Coach Tiquan, ever since the day he offered me, he kept a strong relationship with me,” Lang told PSN in June. “From day one, he kept things real and there’s never been a fake relationship. He always kept the communication strong, and I’ve respected that. That made things easier for me to come here, but the key is having a strong relationship.”
And Lang has only had good things to say about what it would mean to spend the next four years in Pittsburgh.
“I think the Pitt football program is very good,” Lang said. “I think Pitt would be a very good place for me but I’m still going to let everything play out. But I really like Pitt.
”One thing that I really like about Pitt is that they’re going to play their best players. You don’t need to be a junior or a senior, they’re going to play their best players. I like that about them.”
247Sports rates Lang as the 539th-ranked recruit in the class (77th-ranked wide receiver and 76th-ranked recruit from Florida). On3 rates him as the 589th-ranked recruit in the class (94th-ranked wide receiver and 81st-ranked recruit from Florida.
Rivals rates him as the 20th-ranked athlete and the 47th-ranked recruit from Florida — holding a 5.8 Rivals Rating.
Mylachi Williams — four-star defensive end
Williams is a tough recruit to gauge here. It appears he’s a long shot to come to Pitt, but he’s definitely been a serious target down the stretch.
Williams — a 6-foot-5, 215-pound four-star defensive end from Monsignor Bonner in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania — will decide between Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse and Texas A&M on July 8.
He made official visits to Penn State, Syracuse and Pitt in the month of June, and he held offers from the likes of Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
His relationship with Pitt really began back on Jan. 20 when the Pitt coaching staff extended him an offer, and obviously, the communication — and a Jan. 21 visit — has led to a chance for an extended stay in Pittsburgh.
247Sports rates Williams as the 331st-ranked recruit in the class (23-ranked edge and sixth-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while On3 rates him as the 205th-ranked recruit in the class (16th-ranked edge and third-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania).
Rivals rates him as the 17th-ranked weakside defensive end and ninth-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania — holding a 5.8 Rivals Rating.