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Pitt Football Steps Up Recruiting for the Class of 2025



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Pitt football has put in work for the next recruiting class, the Class of 2024, with 20 recruits already committed in August.

While there still will be work done to land players in the Class of 2024, the Panthers coaching staff has put a high priority on the Class of 2025. They don’t have any commitments for 2025, but that doesn’t mean the Panthers aren’t working day and night to find the best talent and bring them into the program.

One player that Pitt football has been working hard to land is Kamden Laudenslager. The three-star, 6-foot-3 defensive lineman plays for the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md. and has a plethora of scholarships to date. He holds offers from holds offers from rivals in Penn State and West Virginia, ACC schools in Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, Big Ten schools in Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as UMass, Old Dominion, Tennessee and Toledo.

247sports ranks him as the No. 34 edge rusher and No. 19 player in Maryland in his class, respectively, while Rivals ranks him as the No. 42 athlete and No. 17 player in Maryland in his class, respectively.

Laudenslager took a visit to Pitt back in June and talked with coaches and toured the facilities, campus and the city. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and wide receivers Tiquan Underwood are the coaches who offered the talented defensive lineman in May.

Cornerback Zayd Rogan is another player that the Panthers have been contacting recently. Rogan stands at 5-foot-10 and plays for Kell High School in Marietta, Ga., a city northwest of Atlanta.

Rogan is a talented athlete, as he also is a solid baseball player, working best at the plate and at shortstop. He does great in man coverage and uses his physique with his long arms and quick feet to outplay his opponents. In 2022, he finished with 37 tackles, 14 pass breakups, three interceptions, one pick-six and one forced fumble.

He holds offers from American Athletic schools in Charlotte, Memphis and USF, Independent schools in UConn and UMass, Sun Belt schools in Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, FCS schools in Alabama A&M, Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech, as well as Akron, Indiana, Louisville and Missouri.

Pitt is one of a few schools that have not offered him, but have contacted him to show interest. Other schools include Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Duke, Liberty, Marshall and Virginia Tech.

Offensive lineman Michael Carroll also has received mail from Pitt twice in the last week, showing their interest in him. Carroll plays for Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, Pa. on the eastern side of the state.

He stands at 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds heading into his junior season. Rivals ranks him as a three-star, the No. 14 player at his position and No. 9 recruit in Pennsylvania.

Carroll holds offers from Big Ten schools in Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin, ACC schools in Boston College and Virginia Tech, as well as Miami (Ohio), South Carolina, Temple and UNLV.

Cornerback/wide receiver Saxton Suchanic is another in-state recruit Pitt has been in contact with. Suchanic stands at 6-foot-3 and plays for Central York High School in York, Pa., the same one as current Pitt commit in running back Juelz Goff in the Class of 2024.

Suchanic uses his length and size to take on his opponents on the field and plays basketball. He attended a Pitt men’s basketball camp with Central York in June 2022 and is a true, multi-sport athlete. He also competed in a Pitt football camp this June as well.

He doesn’t have any offers yet, but Penn State, Syracuse and Yale have reached out to him recently.

One player that has received interest from Pitt over the last year or so is quarterback Denzel Gardner. Gardner plays for powerhouse DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md.

Standing at 6-foot and 180 pounds, Gardner competed at a Pitt football camp in June 2022. He holds offers from Boston College, Charlotte, USF and Western Michigan, while also receiving interest recently. from Cincinnati, Duke, Marshall, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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