Head Coach James Franklin and the Penn State football program have no doubt gotten the attention of the top talent in Western Pennsylvania and in return, Pitt football as well.
Following the commitments of Class of 2025 commits in Aliquippa four-star running back Tiqwai Hayes on Monday and North Catholic four-star tight end Brady O’Hara on Tuesday, the Nittany Lions staff has started a catchy phrase that no doubt is annoying to the Panthers, “Best in PA, Stay In PA”.
— Brady O’Hara (@BradyOHara4) September 26, 2023
As Pittsburgh Sports Now has been telling you about for months, the talent level in Western Pennsylvania over the next three recruiting classes is very, very strong and with the commitments of Hayes and O’Hara, Penn State has gotten off to a tremendous start.
Credit goes to Penn State assistant head coach Terry Smith for using his deep ties to the area in leading the charge for Penn State.
The question now is can the Pitt staff somehow slow down this tidal wave being caused by Franklin and company? There’s still plenty of talented still left and more names will be added to this list over the upcoming months, so Pitt has a chance to add great local recruits.
WPIAL/City League Players With Pitt Offers
Class of 2025
- Bradley Gompers, Athlete, Central Catholic High School
- Antwan Black, Jr. 3-star Defensive Back, Laurel Highlands High School
- Dayshawn Burnett 4-star Outside Linebacker, Imani Christian Academy
- Brady O’Hara, 3-star Tight End, North Catholic High School (Penn State)
- Tiqwai Hayes, 4-star Running Back, Aliquippa High School (Penn State)
Class of 2026
- Kyshawn Robinson, Athlete, Westinghouse High School
- David Davis, Athlete, Imani Christian Academy
- Da’Ron Barksdale, Athlete, Steel Valley High School
- Daiveon Taylor, Outside Linebacker, Bishop Canevin High School
- Colsen Gatten, Outside Linebacker, Central Catholic High School
Class of 2027
- Larry Moon, Cornerback, Central Catholic High School
- Carter Bonner, Athlete, Shadyside Academy
- Khalil Taylor, Defensive Back, Seton LaSalle
Kemon Jones, Athlete, McKeesport
One thing that’s interesting with how Penn State is recruiting the area is the priority they’ve made it over the last couple of years compared to years past. Consider that Penn State has gotten more commitments in the Classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025 than they did in the previous past seven recruiting classes combined (Classes 2016 thru 2022).
Penn State Western PA Commitments
(Classes 2023 thru 2025)
-Brashear four-star linebacker Ta’Mere Robinson (2023) (City League)
-Chartiers Valley three-star cornerback Lamont Payne (2023)
-Central Catholic three-star wide receiver Peter Gonzalez (2024)
-Belle Vernon four-star athlete Quinton Martin (2024)
-Central Catholic four-star linebacker Anthony Speca (2024)
-Aliquippa four-star running back Tiqwai Hayes (2025)
-North Catholic three-star tight end Brady O’Hara (2025)
(Classes 2016 thru 2022)
-Woodland Hills Five-star running back Miles Sanders (2016)
-Clairton Five-star cornerback Lamont Wade (2017)
-Pittsburgh Central Catholic Four-star offensive tackle C.J. Thorpe (2017)
-Penn Hills defensive back Daequan Hardy (2019)
-North Allegheny four-star cornerback Joey Porter, Jr. (2019)
-Aliquippa three-star defensive end Zuriah Fisher (2020)
-North Allegheny three-star tight end Khalil Dinkins (2021)