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Pitt Named Finalist for Coveted 3-Star Texas Linebacker

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Pitt linebacker target Kaleb Burns.

Pitt has dipped into the talent-rich state of Texas in the current recruiting cycle, and while it hasn’t paid off just yet, the Panthers are in the running for a talented linebacker.

Kaleb Burns — a 6-foot-1, 205-pound three-star linebacker from Cypress Falls in Houston, Tx. — announced his list of finalists Monday night and the list includes Baylor, Florida, Houston, Pitt, SMU, Texas Tech and Washington.

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Burns holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Cal, Baylor, Florida, Houston, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Oregon State, Pitt, SMU, Tennessee, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, UTEP, UTSA and Washington.

Randy Bates extended Burns an offer back in December, on an in-person visit to Cypress Falls. It’s a relationship that’s been building for a few months now, but it hasn’t resulted in a visit — yet.

Burns has an official visit to Pittsburgh scheduled for June 20, according to Rivals. It will be paramount to bring Burns to Pittsburgh before his eventual commitment, as he’s already taken official visits to SMU and TCU and has additional plans for Texas Tech and Houston.

It’s no surprise that Bates and Ryan Manalac are interested in Burns either. He fits exactly what the Panthers ask out of their linebackers.

Pitt always needs pass-rushing linebackers, and considering Burns’ track record at Cypress Falls, he’s a near-perfect fit. He isn’t the linebacker out there, but he’s well-built and athletic. He looks like he’s ready to play for the Panthers right away.

Burns recorded a team-high 73 tackles (55 solo), 18.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.

247Sports rates Burns as the 495th-ranked recruit in the class (53rd-ranked linebacker and 80th-ranked recruit from Texas) while On3 rates him as the 498th-ranked recruit in the class (55th-ranked linebacker and 76th-ranked recruit from Texas).

Rivals rates him as the 22nd-ranked inside linebacker in the class — holding a 5.7 Rivals Rating.

Pitt will have stiff competition in landing Burns, especially from his home state of Texas, but if he does make it out to Pittsburgh for an official visit, the Panthers will have a shot. He’d be the first linebacker in the class of 2025 if he were to commit today.

Pitt holds six commitments in the class of 2025, four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson, offensive lineman Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), 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).

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28 days ago

Well, many people didn’t think we could land Dotson. He visited SMU and TCU and has yet to make a commitment, so we have a chance.

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