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Pitt Gets Commitment from Thomas Jefferson 2025 OL Shep Turk

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Pitt offensive line commit Shep Turk.

Pitt has secured its first WPIAL commitment in the class of 2025 in the form of a bruising offensive lineman.

Shep Turk — a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman from Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson Hills, Pa. — committed to Pitt Tuesday afternoon, he announced on social media. He’s scheduled to take his official visit on June 20.

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He committed to Pitt over offers from Army, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Duquesne, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Lehigh, Navy, Maine, Monmouth, Stony Brook, Temple and UMass.

“I’m staying home,” Turk wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

“As long as I can remember my dream was to play Division 1 football, now that dream is coming true. First I’d like to thank God for putting me in the position I am today. Next, I’d like to thank my parents for doing everything for me and guiding me. Finally, I’d like to thank all my coaches and trainers for making me into the athlete I am today. With that being said, I’m going to be a Panther.”

Pitt was the first — and only — Power Five school to extend Turk an offer, with Pat Narduzzi and Jeremy Darveau extending him an offer on March 22. But he’s been in contact with the coaching staff for a while.

Turk made it out to the Pitt-Florida State game last November and was back in town for Junior Day in February.

Turk is a big, bruising offensive tackle, who played a bit on the interior as a junior at Thomas Jefferson. He’s flown a bit under the radar during his recruiting process, but he’s impressed the Pitt coaching staff with his film and his  in-person visits over the last nine months.

Turk isn’t rated by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but with a commitment to Pitt and a summer in the spotlight, that will change in the coming weeks and months.

Pitt now holds five commitments in the class of 2025, Turk, three-star wide receiver Tony Kinsler (Port Orange, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Bryce Yates (Chesterfield, Va.), three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio), and it’s not unlikely that a couple more soon join the class this spring.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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MDtkd
MDtkd
15 days ago

We are killing it compared to the rest of the MAC recruiting schools.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
15 days ago

way to keep him home….thank god Maine and Monmouth, Stony Brook and Lehigh couldn’t quite match the NIL

srs28704
srs28704
14 days ago

I think you should be on Cow Pasture – Shower Fun Sports Now instead.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
14 days ago
Reply to  srs28704

what does that have to do with you battling Stony Brook for recruits? oooooof

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