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How Could the Pitt Cornerbacks Room Look in Coming Seasons?



Pitt defensive back Ryland Gandy.

It may be foolish to project a positional depth chart over three seasons in today’s college football, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Pitt landed an impact commitment from four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson on Saturday afternoon, the first defensive back in the class of 2025, and with his pedigree, there’s an expectation that he will wind up as an impact defensive back. Of course, it isn’t always the case that high-ranked recruits work out. Look no further than former four-star Jahvante Royal hitting the transfer portal this offseason.

Pitt has an inexperienced unit entering the 2024-25 season, but it isn’t exactly a young unit. There’s a mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen. But I don’t think class will largely affect who starts this season.

This could change drastically by even this time next year. But let’s recap how the Pitt cornerback depth could look in the coming seasons.

2024 Depth 

R-Sr. — Rashad Battle, Tamon Lynum

R-Jr. — Noah Biglow, Tamarion Crumpley

R-So. — Ryland Gandy

R-Fr. — Jaremiah Anglin Jr., Shadarian Harrison

Fr. — Nigel Maynard

Incoming — Elijah Dotson

I think Ryland Gandy is the only sure-fire starter entering the season. I think Jaremiah Anglin Jr., if he can quickly pick up the playbook, will feature quite a bit in the defense. Rashad Battle and Tamon Lynum are also in the mix as big-bodied corners.

Shadarian Harrison and Nigel Maynard have earned some praise in their brief time spent in Pittsburgh but it appears they’re looked at as more long-term options.

2025 Depth 

Sixth — Rashad Battle, Tamon Lynum

R-Sr. — Noah Biglow, Tamarion Crumpley

R-Jr. — Ryland Gandy

R-So. — Jaremiah Anglin, Shadarian Harrison

R-Fr. — Nigel Maynard

Fr. — Elijah Dotson

That’s right, the entire 2024 cornerback unit can return in 2025. I highly doubt that will happen. And depending on how the 2024 season unfolds, I expect Pitt will add more from both the high school level and the transfer portal.

Still, Gandy, Anglin, Battle and/or Lynum could form a solid core. Harrison and Maynard will be pushing for playing time, too.

2026 Depth 

R-Sr. — Ryland Gandy

R-Jr. — Jaremiah Anglin, Shadarian Harrison

R-So. — Nigel Maynard

R-Fr. — Elijah Dotson

The unit will be strong if it follows the Devonshire/Woods/Williams path and a solid veteran trio of Gandy, Anglin and Harrison emerges. But it’s just so hard to project so far into the future.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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24 days ago

There were, as usual, some people on this thread that claimed there was no way this recruit was committing to Pitt. Like so many others, he probably wants to play in the NFL. H2P.

23 days ago

Yeah, a bunch of big mouth, know-nothing, PSU Trolls.

24 days ago

It will be interesting to see if the four star recruits can provide a greater impact on the defensive backfield at Pitt. Dotson is coming to Pitt as a four star recruit. Recent portal transfer with four years of eligibility Anglin was also a four star recruit coming out of HS. In both cases the list of offering schools was impressive. Sports Illustrated and PFF College reports recently put out a list of the schools who have the most defensive backs in the NFL right now. Pitt ranked fifth, along with Auburn, Georgia, Oregon and rival Penn State, with nine… Read more »

22 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

10 > 9. Let’s go pitt!

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
24 days ago

Pitt baseball seeeps Maimi. Makes ACC Tournament.

Love to see a story on that.

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