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Pitt Signee Earns Defensive MVP Honors at Philly All-Star Game

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Pitt defensive tackle commit Jahsear Whittington.

Jahsear Whittington didn’t enroll early at Pitt over the winter, which allowed him to finish out his high school career, but don’t think for a second that he hasn’t been working on the football field.

Whittington earned Mr. Pennsylvania Lineman of the Year honors earlier this year and brought home another award Saturday at Charlie Martin Stadium at Northeast High.

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He earned Public Team Defensive MVP honors for his performance in the Philadelphia City All-Star Football Game, which pits the public and non-public stars against each other in a competitive game.

The top-ranked defensive tackle from Pennsylvania, a Top-250 recruit according to Rivals, is coming off a stellar senior season. He racked up 62 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and two fumble recoveries in the process.

Whittington committed to Pitt way back in 2022 over offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, and he continued to receive interest from opposing programs hoping for a flip. But he stayed true to his commitment and signed on Signing Day in December.

“This is one of those guys that loves football as well,” Narduzzi said about Whittington on NSD. “Always got a smile on his face. He’s tough, he’s physical. He led his team to a state championship. We wish he was mid-year. Every time I see him, I’m like, ‘Are you sure you’re not mid-year?’ I wish he was mid-year. And just one of those guys that led his team to a championship. He’s explosive, he causes havoc inside against whoever he plays against.”

Whittington is a big piece when it comes to the future of the Pitt defensive line and its resurgence. He’s an “undersized” defensive tackle who aspires to impact Pitt like Calijah Kancey and Aaron Donald before him, and by all accounts, he’s the type of player who could one day end up being voted a team captain.

Narduzzi was able to watch Whittington grow into the man he is today throughout his lengthy commitment, and it’s the way that he grew up that stood out.

“Jahsear just kind of grew up as far as just knowing what’s important, where I belong, what a commitment and loyalty really means,” Narduzzi said in December. “That’s what I see from him. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more improvement on the field. He obviously got stronger, he’s more physical when you talk about the athletic attributes.”

Former defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was a major reason why Whittington initially felt comfortable committing to Pitt so early, but he’s excited to begin building a relationship with new defensive line coach Tim Daoust, too.

“I can’t wait to meet him and build a good relationship with him and see what he expects and what type of coach he is,” Whittington told PSN after Partridge left.

Whittington isn’t arriving until this summer, but he’s the type of high-caliber recruit (at a position of need) who could come in and immediately compete for playing time. It’s untraditional for a true freshman — or underclassmen — to carve out any sort of serious playing time, but that’s the goal.

Whittington is one of five defensive line signees in the class, leading a group that includes four-star defensive tackle Francis Brewu, four-star defensive end Sincere Edwards, three-star defensive end Zachary Crothers and three-star defensive tackle Ty Yuhas.

It’s a class that lays the foundation for the revitalization of the defensive line room, joining talented young defenders in Jimmy Scott and Isaiah Neal.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago

Pitt baseball sweeps Miami to makes ACC Tournament.

Maz1960
Maz1960
1 month ago

This article reinforces to me the need to expand our recruiting and build a strong hold in the PIAA, Section 12. If you are from Western Pa you are very aware of the talent in the WPIAL. If you are not from South Eastern Pa you might not be aware of Section 12. I have commented on this before but it might make an interesting read. I looked at the top 50 recruits from 2021-22-23. That is a total of 150 players. Of those 150 players, 39 are from Section 12. Section 12 is the Philadelphia public schools, charter schools,… Read more »

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