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Analysis: New Pitt CB Jaremiah Anglin Brings Instant Impact Potential

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Pitt cornerback Jaremiah Anglin Jr.

It’s hard to evaluate Jaremiah Anglin Jr. too precisely considering he missed his entire freshman campaign due to a knee injury, but he has the potential to be a difference-maker if his performance in the Kentucky spring game is any indication.

Anglin — a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback from Lake Wales, Fla. — was a high-profile four-star defensive back coming out of high school, committing to the Wildcats over offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, UCF and West Virginia. So, he’s not just flash in a pan.

Anglin rehabbed back from his knee injury last summer to hit the field in time for the Kentucky spring game, and he capped the scrimmage with a beautiful pick-six.

He stuck to the hip of another former four-star in wide receiver Raymond Cottrell Jr., undercut his route and won a jump ball to wind up with the football. Anglin showcased the pure speed as he raced back the other way for an easy touchdown.

Not bad for a guy coming off a major knee injury.

Anglin didn’t see any action during his freshman season but also isn’t far removed from a standout senior season at Lake Wales in which he recorded 19 receptions for 293 yards and three touchdowns and racked up 62 tackles (46 solo), three tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 21 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and a recovery.

He’s a big outside corner who embraces contact, which is a requirement in the Pitt defensive scheme, but he has a nose for the football. It’s evident that he played quite a bit of receiver during high school.

Pitt is in a precarious position on the back end. The safeties are fine, absolutely no concerns there, but the corners entered the spring severely inexperienced. It’s not even a young group, per se, it’s just a bunch of players who have sat behind M.J. Devonshire, Marquis Williams and A.J. Woods for the last three seasons.

Ryland Gandy appears to be the guy back there. I feel comfortable penciling him into one of the starting spots. He’s a former top recruit turned special teams ace who stepped into more responsibility as the season wore on.

Rashad Battle is the biggest corner in the room but has suffered season-ending injuries in each of the last two seasons. Tamon Lynum was brought in from Nebraska over the winter, and I think he has a role to play on the back end, but Pitt needed more. Tamarion Crumpley and Noah Biglow have been around for a while.

Anglin is probably going to be a Day 1 starter if he can master the playbook. It’s difficult to crack the rotation right off the bat, but Pitt doesn’t bring in another corner if the staff is comfortable with where the unit currently sits. And yes, he has four seasons of eligibility remaining, but he’s the kind of impact transfer that the Panthers needed.

He may need some time to adjust to the defense early in the season, but he could emerge as a long-term starter on par with Devonshire or Williams.

Potential 2024 depth chart

CB — Ryland Gandy — Tamon Lynum

CB — Jaremiah Anglin Jr. — Rashad Battle OR Tamarion Crumpley

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Tom D
Tom D
1 month ago

Finally a real incoming transfer from the portal to be excited about. Kid is the real deal. Instant Starter.

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