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Top WPIAL 3-Star Target Puts Pitt in Top Seven

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Pitt target Bradley Gompers, WPIAL.

One of the top remaining players available in the WPIAL class of 2025 has narrowed down his list of schools.

Central Catholic athlete Bradley Gompers announced Wednesday on X (formerly known as Twitter) that he has finalized his top seven schools, including Pitt, West Virginia, Maryland, Northwestern, Duke, Rutgers and Michigan State.

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Gompers, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound athlete who splits between outside linebacker, tight end and strong safety, holds a 5.7 ranking as a three-star prospect on Rivals.com.

As Pitt deals with stiff competition for a prospect that resides right down the road from campus in Oakland, the Panthers have also hosted Gompers on numerous occasions, including a recent visit on March 21.

In the month of April, Gompers paid visits to Rutgers and Duke, along with West Virginia on April 24. And he has an official visit planned for Michigan State.

He’s looking for a program that is able to blend his desire for high level athletics and academics.

“Football is not everything, in my opinion,” Gompers told PSN in December. “After football, hopefully I have a chance to play in the NFL, but if I don’t, I gotta have a backup plan. Education is a big part of where I’m gonna go. I wanna go somewhere that has the best of both worlds athletically and academically.

“I would say academically is the biggest thing, but I would like to go to a bigger campus, more people, I thrive in bigger environments where — I came to Central, a similar place, I was like a little fish in a big pond, but I kinda made my way as I went. So, I would like to go to a bigger school probably, but I’d say the main thing is academics and how good the team is football-wise and what conference they’re in.”

He’s been offered as a linebacker, some teams view him as a tight or just a straight up athlete, but the majority of programs view him as an outside linebacker.

Gompers has played both ways as long as he can remember, all the way through his high school career, but his instincts and athleticism at linebacker are intriguing. He was instrumental in the Vikings’ playoff run — racking up 17 tackles and a field goal returned for a touchdown in the WPIAL Class-6A title game.

Thus far, 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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Jane
Jane
23 days ago

BiG 10… here I come!

Tim
Tim
22 days ago
Reply to  Jane

Not so sure…If PITT and the shiny new offense hits the ground running everything changes in my opinion.
I’m only saying, modern, up tempo with young and aggressive coaching will attract some kids.
Versus the previous 2 yards and a cloud of confusion offense. Interesting season ahead. H2P.
Respectfully.

Bob
Bob
23 days ago

If he is serious about academics, why is Hillbilly Community College on his list?

Fred Snerd is obsessed
Fred Snerd is obsessed
22 days ago

Who cares? The vast majority of the WPIAL kids are way overrated.

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