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Imani Christian 2027 Standout Defensive Back Receives Pitt Offer



Imani Christian Academy Class of 2027 athlete Gabriel Jenkins

Pitt football continues to recruit young talent in the WPIAL, with Imani Christian Academy freshman athlete Gabriel Jenkins becoming the latest player to receive an offer from his hometown team.

Jenkins, a standout defensive back, stands at 6-foot and 175 pounds, and has already recorded 25 tackles, one interception and scored two touchdowns. Jenkins received the offer from Pitt safeties coach and WPIAL recruiter Cory Sanders on Friday.

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“Getting my first offer feels surreal,” Jenkins told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I’ve worked so hard just to hear those words, to get that call everything I have done to lead up to this very moment, but sometimes in the back of your mind you don’t know for sure if it will happen. This offer means everything to me, this offer is the door to a better life a better future. Getting the offer from Pitt is a big deal, this is major. It’s like my own hometown believing in me, so I feel honored. It feels like an honor.”

Jenkins has already seen Pitt play this season, watching them in their at last home game against North Carolina for an unofficial visit on Sept. 23.

Jenkins becomes the 3rd member of the Imani Christian team to receive an offer from Pitt, joining Class of 2025 four-star linebacker Dayshauun Burnett and Class of 2026 athlete David Davis.

He is also the fifth WPIAL freshman to receive a Pitt offer, along with Shady Side Academy wide receiver/defensive back Carter Bonner, Seton La Salle athlete Khalil Taylor, Pittsburgh Central Catholic defensive back Larry Moon, Mckeesport running back/strong safety Kemon Jones.

With Penn State looking to continuously fight for supremacy for WPIAL recruiting, Pitt will continue to fight to defend their backyard, so more offers to local talent should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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