It may be the start of a new college season, but the future of Pitt football is now in action. A number of Pitt’s commits from the class of 2024 kicked off their seasons over the weekend and put in big performances.
Let’s check in on some of the notable performances over the weekend.
Julian Dugger — three-star quarterback from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Dugger led the Indians to a 33-20 season-opening win over Seneca Valley High, throwing for 140 yards and two touchdowns — including the looping 37-yard touchdown shown below.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound lefty has a considerable amount of potential still to unlock as he continues his senior season.
— PENN HILLS INDIANS FOOTBALL (@phqbclub) August 26, 2023
Yasin Willis — four-star running back from St. Joseph’s Regional High in Montvale, New Jersey
Willis was a bell-cow over the weekend, racking up 23 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown, adding 11 more yards through the air, in a big 49-10 win over Christ School.
Willis (6-foot-1, 218 pounds) is a big, powerful back who fits what Pitt is trying to establish on the ground, especially in conjunction with his fellow ’24 running back commit.
Juelz Goff — three-star running back from Central York High in York, Pennsylvania
Goff is Pitt’s MVP of the first weekend, racking up 299 yards of offense and six touchdowns in a 45-35 win over Central Dauphin. He was electric with the football in his hands, running for 279 yards at just over 10 yards a carry.
He had a huge junior season at Central York, but it appears the sky is the limit for Goff this time around. Look out for additional explosions like this one.
.@centralyorkFB takes a tally for the York-Adams.
— Lyndsay Barna (@lyndsay_barna) August 26, 2023
Davin Brewton — three-star linebacker from Red Bank Catholic High in Red Bank, New Jersey
Brewton drew headlines as he was the subject of an “eat s*** Pitt” taunt from Bergen Catholic opponent (and West Virginia commit) Elijah Kinsler before the kickoff, but he let his play do the talking on the field.
Bergen Catholic left with a 24-6 win, but Brewton racked up 16 tackles (six solo), a tackle for a loss and a sack in the effort. He’s a big, physical linebacker with the instincts to step in as a Mike linebacker at Pitt down the line.
— Richard Schnyderite (@RivalsRichie) August 26, 2023
Allen Bryant — three-star cornerback from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
St. Thomas Aquinas fell to St. John Bosco in a battle of national powerhouses, but Bryant showcased an electric punt return ability — on a play that was featured on ESPN.
— SportsCenter NEXT (@SCNext) August 26, 2023
Zachary Crothers — three-star defensive end from Chaminade Madonna High in Hollywood, Florida
Four tackles (one solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in 35-14 win
In another battle of national powerhouses, Chaminade Madonna knocked off St. Frances Academy 35-14, helped by Crothers’ four tackles (one solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and sack.
It was a very solid debut against a great St. Frances squad for one of Chaminade Madonna’s top defenders last season, and the 6-foot-4, 235-pound edge should be able to use it as a platform for an even greater senior season.
Francis Brewu — three-star defensive tackle from Thomas Worthington High in Worthington, Ohio
Brewu made a living in the backfield against Worthington Kilbourne High over the weekend, recording 11 tackles (eight solo), five tackles for loss and a sack in a 28-9 win.
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle was simply too much for the Kilbourne offensive line to match up with. Brewu has received interest from a number of Power Five schools since committing to Pitt, but he will fit in very nicely alongside Pitt’s current defensive line commits down the line.
Eric Ingwerson — three-star tight end from Papillion-La Vista High in Papillion, Nebraska
The Papillion-La Vista football team isn’t going to be one that gives Ingwerson to show off his pass catching chops, but it is a team that lets him show off how he could go Division I at tight end, offensive line and defensive lineman.
Ingwerson is huge at 6-foot-7, but he’s also lean at 225 pounds. He recorded two receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown, a pancake block and four tackles (two solo) in a 28-10 win over Millard North High.
— Mike Sautter (@MikeSautter_) August 25, 2023
Davion Pritchard — three-star cornerback from Austintown-Fitch High in Youngstown, Ohio
Austintown-Fitch lost a thriller to WPIAL giant Central Valley over the weekend, but Pritchard did his best to help lead Fitch to a victory.
He got the scoring started for Fitch, returning a kickoff 86 yards back through the heart of the Central Valley coverage team in yet another athletic play made by a Pitt defensive back commit over the weekend.
Jeremiah Marcelin — three-star linebacker from Miami-Norland High in Miami, Florida
Miami-Norland knocked off Lakeland in a shootout over the weekend, and Marcelin led the squad with six tackles (four solo) and a tackle for loss against a powerhouse Lakeland squad.
Marcelin (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) is a prototypical linebacker in Pitt’s defense, and he should put together a massive senior season down in the Sunshine State.