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Pitt Hosting In-State 2025 Defensive End Target on Official Visit

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Pitt defensive end target Bernard Blakey.

Pitt has landed a handful of recruits from the other side of the state in recent seasons, and the Panthers are once again in the mix for a Philadelphia defender.

Bernard Blakey — a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end from Malvern in Malvern, Pa. — announced via X (formerly known as Twitter) that he will take an official visit to Pitt from June 13-15, the first official visit he’s announced this summer.

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Blakey holds offers from Air Force, Akron, Army, Boston College, Bryant, UConn, Duke, Fordham, Kent State, New Hampshire, Pitt, Temple and William & Mary.

Pitt jumped into the equation late last year, with former defensive line coach Charlie Partridge officially extending an offer, and it was the second Division I offer he received. And while Partridge would leave for a job in the NFL not long after, it’s clear that the Panthers coaching staff has maintained communication.

Blakey hasn’t made it out to Pittsburgh yet, not since receiving his offer in December, but he wouldn’t be able to learn more about Pitt than he would during an official visit.

Blakey played on both sides of the ball as a junior at Malvern, tight end and defensive end, but he stood out on the defensive side of the ball. He’s a big, rangy edge rusher who possesses the speed and agility to blow past offensive tackles and haul down opposing quarterbacks but can also use his strength to push through offensive lines.

Blakey hasn’t been rated by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals and On3), but as he continues his recruiting process this summer, that will change.

Blakey only has one current official visit scheduled, which is to Pitt, but it’s clear the Panthers are high on his list. If Blakey eventually makes it out for his official visit (which isn’t a guarantee when it comes to “early” official visit announcements), it will be important for the Panthers to show him his fit in the defensive scheme and the program.

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).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
30 days ago

Hopefully they can fend off Fordham, William and Mary and Bryant

Randino
Randino
30 days ago

We missed your keen insight regarding Pitt beating out Penn State and a couple other other big 10 teams for Elijah Dotson’s commitment. Do tell, what do ya think?

Terry
Terry
30 days ago

Your such a penn state troll , beat it

MDtkd
MDtkd
29 days ago

On the other hand, he is not wrong. Many of the commitments to date only had this level of interest.

Richard Johnson
29 days ago

lol

Richard Johnson
29 days ago

Wow, another 3 star. Looks like another #60 RANKING SHAPING UP.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
29 days ago

June and July are always the most active early commit months. It’s way to early to evaluate classes.

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