Despite a longstanding commitment to Pitt, dating back to the middle of March, Power Five teams have continued to pursue talented defensive lineman Francis Brewu.
He committed to Pitt over offers from Akron, Army, Ball State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa State, Kent State, Miami (Oh.), Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan, but that hasn’t stopped the interest of other Power Five programs.
There was plenty of interest before Brewu — a 6-foot-2, 270-pound three-star defensive tackle from Thomas Worthington High in Worthington, Ohio — kicked off his senior season with a bang, but the level of attention he’s received has only increased in recent days.
In Brewu’s first two games this season, he’s recorded 10 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks — showcasing his ability to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. This follows a season in which he racked up 74 tackles (42 solo), 25 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior.
— Francis Brewu🌟 (@FBrewu) August 27, 2023
Well, Mario Cristobal and Miami came calling on Sunday, officially extending an offer. He picked up offers from Michigan State and Wisconsin over the summer, with local-ish Power Five programs finally noticing his dominance in Ohio.
When the initial flurry of Power Five interest began over the summer, Brewu told PSN that he was locked in with Pitt.
“It’s a process. If you’re that guy, you’re going to get recruited by schools no matter where you’re committed to,” Brewu said in May. “It’s going to happen. It doesn’t change anything really, depending on the person. It’s just bound to happen; you’re just going to keep getting recruited by big schools if you’re a guy.”
247Sports rates Brewu as the 826th-ranked recruit in the class (82nd-ranked defensive lineman and 31st-ranked recruit from Ohio) while On3 rates him as the 799th-ranked recruit in the class (48th-ranked defensive lineman and 26th-ranked recruit from Ohio).
Rivals rates him as the 33rd-ranked defensive tackle and 27th-ranked recruit from Ohio — holding a 5.6 Rivals Rating.
Brewu is part of a large defensive line group in the class of 2024 that includes four-star defensive tackles Jahsear Whittington and Sincere Edwards, three-star defensive ends Zachary Crothers and Ty Yuhas.