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Pitt Football Stockpiling Young Talent on the Defensive Line



Pitt defensive lineman Sean FitzSimmons.

The Pitt Panthers are the premier program in the country when it comes to getting to the quarterback, and this isn’t breaking news.

This isn’t a one-year proclamation, the proof is in the pudding. Since 2019, no team in college has had more quarterback sacks than Pitt.

The Pitt football culture is based on a team-first mentality and no one person taking credit. So, along those lines, it wouldn’t be fair or accurate to credit just one person or player for this impressive statistic.

The reality is that Pitt has a tremendous defensive scheme and outstanding coaches in Randy Bates, Charlie Partridge, Archie Collins, Cory Sanders and Ryan Manalac.

Obviously, credit must also go to the players who are developing in this program, getting better year after year and executing when it actually matters on game days.

The exciting thing for Pitt fans is that this trend of terrorizing opposing quarterbacks — which is no longer a trend — has a good chance of continuing in large part because of the recent job Pitt has done recruiting.

On Monday, four-star defensive end Sincere Edwards made the decision to commit to Pitt, joining four-star defensive tackle Jahsear Whittington in Pitt’s class of 2024.

Edwards and Whittington add to a tremendous group of highly-rated defensive line prospects that Pitt has signed over the last few years.


Sincere Edwards: 4-star DE from Apopka, Florida. (Class of 2024)

Jahsear Whittington: 4-star DT from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Class of 2024)

Isaiah Neal: 4-star DT from Baltimore, Maryland. (Class of 2023)

Antonio Camon: 3-star DE from Tampa, Florida. (Class of 2023)

Sean Fitzsimmons: 3-star DE from Monaca, Pennsylvania. (Class of 2022)

Jimmy Scott: 4-star DE from Athol Springs, New York. (Class of 2022)

Samuel Okunlola: 4-star DE from Brockton, Massachusetts. (Class of 2022).

Elliot Donald: 4-star DT from Pittsburgh. (Class of 2021).

Nahki Johnson: 4-star DE from Pittsburgh. (Class of 2021).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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