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2027 Central Catholic OL Jimmy Kalis Honored to Earn Pitt Offer



Pitt football target Jimmy Kalis.

Jimmy Kalis picked up his first Division I offer on April 11, his first Power Four offer two days later and an offer from his hometown school less than two months later.

Kalis — a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh in the class of 2027 — picked up his latest offer Saturday from Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers, following a standout performance at a Rising Stars camp on the South Side.

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Kalis now holds offers from Akron, Central Michigan, Duke, Maryland, Miami (Oh.), North Carolina State, Pitt and Syracuse, with interest from Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“It was an honor to receive a Pitt offer,” Kalis told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I have been going to Pitt camps since seventh grade, so this hometown offer feels very special.”

Pitt has been recruiting Kalis since before his freshman campaign at Central Catholic, with a camp appearance last summer. He then attended the Pitt upset win against Louisville in October and was back for a spring practice in March, his prior two appearances before Saturday’s camp showing.

Kalis, who is a rising sophomore, competed against the high school juniors and seniors — and even some college freshmen. He’s huge for his age, already built like a college tackle and more than held his own against older, more seasoned competition.

“I got some great reps against some great competition, got coached up and got better today,” Kalis said.

He spent a lot of time Saturday with Narduzzi, but he’s been hearing from a few of the coaching and support staff members. Narduzzi and Jeremy Darveau, who spent some time with Kalis during his practice appearance in March, have prioritized his early recruitment. But he’s also heard a lot from Graham Wilbert and Adam Caltury, the Director of Player Personnel and Director of Scouting, respectively.

He’s still just a rising sophomore, a couple of years away from his recruiting class being in the spotlight, but it’s clear he will be one of the top recruits in the WPIAL.

He lined up at right tackle during his freshman campaign at Central Catholic, but he’s making the switch to left tackle this season. He expects to start and continue to hone his technique against the best Western Pennsylvania has to offer.

“I try to finish through the whistle,” Kalis told PSN in April. “I’m a pretty athletic player with my footwork, hands and speed. As an o-lineman, you try to be more of an athlete than a big dude.”

Kalis was very active during the spring, checking out Pitt, Penn State, Michigan State, Rutgers, Miami, Maryland, Ohio State, Akron, Virginia Tech, Duke, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and West Virginia. He’ll be busy during the summer as he continues his camp circuit — planning to camp at Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia over the next month.

Pitt isn’t the first Power Four school to extend an offer, but it’s still an important one. He grew up rooting for the Panthers after all.

“An offer from Pitt is very special to me because it’s in my backyard, and I’ve been a Pitt fan since youth,” Kalis said.

WPIAL Class of 2027

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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