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Looking at the First Weekend of Pitt Official Visitors – Defense

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A Pitt football lays on the turf on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now.) College Football / Signing Period. NCAA.

Pitt has done a solid job of building the foundation for its class of 2025, but the June official visit window is when the Panthers add more than ever.

There are six commitments in the class as it stands before the first visit window, but if the past few years are any indication, the Panthers will add a handful of commitments this weekend, next weekend and the weekend after that.

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But of course, the weekend is already underway. The first crop of official visitors is already in Pittsburgh. So, let’s take a look at those on the defensive side of the ball.

One commit, a defensive end. Two linebackers and two defensive backs are also in town.

Pitt defensive line commit Trevor Sommers.

Photo courtesy of Trevor Sommers’ Twitter account.

Trevor Sommers — 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (COMMIT)

He committed to Pitt over offers from Colorado, FIU, Illinois, Indiana, JMU, Syracuse, UAB, UCF, USF, West Virginia, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

Sommers was the first commit in the class, pledging to the Panthers after a Junior Day visit.

247Sports rates Sommers as the 1,019th-ranked recruit in the class (73rd-ranked edge rusher and 140th-ranked recruit from Florida). Rivals rates him as the 39th-ranked strongside defensive end — holding a 5.6 Rivals Rating.

Sommers made an impact last season on one of the best high school football teams in the United States, St. Thomas Aquinas. He was a key cog in the defense, racking up 45 tackles (20 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

Pitt likes defensive linemen with motors, and that’s what the coaching staff liked about Sommers. He has inside-outside potential.

Ezekiel Marcelin — 6-foot, 205-pound four-star linebacker from Miami Central in Miami, Fla.

He holds offers from Auburn, FAMU, FIU, Florida State, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Pitt, Stanford, USF, SMU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, West Virginia, West Kentucky and Western Michigan.

Pitt was the second school to offer Marcelin, well over two years ago now, and his cousin Jeremiah is currently an early enrollee freshman with the Panthers. There’s a history here, and a homegrown connection.

247Sports rates Marcelin as the 34th-ranked linebacker and 45th-ranked recruit from Florida while Rivals rates him as the 15th-ranked inside linebacker and 61st-ranked recruit from Florida. He’s the top-rated recruit in Pittsburgh this weekend

Marcelin was a missile at Miami Central last season, racking up a team-high 109 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

Marcelin isn’t the biggest linebacker, but he’s a legitimate playmaker from the heart of the defense. And there’s a lot of competition for his commitment.

Justin Thompson — 6-foot-3, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Good Counsel in Olney, Md.

He holds offers from Baylor, Bowling Green, Cal, Charlotte, Duke, Florida, Kent State, Marshall, UMass, Memphis, North Carolina, Pitt, South Carolina, Temple and Towson.

Pitt initially offered Thompson in January, and he made it out for a spring practice in March. His official visit will be the second time he’s visited Pittsburgh over the last couple of months.

On3 rates Thompson as the 54th-ranked linebacker and 17th-ranked recruit from Maryland in the class. Rivals ranks him as the 21st-ranked recruit in the class — holding a 5.6 Rivals Rating.

In five games recorded on MaxPreps, Thompson recorded 28 tackles (13 solo) and two tackles for loss last season.

Thompson is the type of versatile athlete that Pitt prioritizes at linebacker. He’s long and rangy, and would be a very nice addition to the linebacking corps.

Madrid Tucker — 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete from Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Fla.

He holds offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas State, FAU, FIU, Furman, Pitt, Richmond, Toledo, UCF, UMass, USF and Western Michigan.

Pitt jumped into the fray for Tucker on May 20, with Kade Bell extending an official offer over the phone, but Pat Narduzzi and Cory Sanders have been involved in the process.

Tucker isn’t rated by any of the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but after he picked up his first Power Four offer from Pitt.

Tucker carried the ball 26 times for 120 yards and five touchdowns, serving as a threat in the short field, but he thrived as a deep-ball threat as a junior at Fort Myers. He hauled in 33 receptions for 722 yards (21.9 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns. He added 27 tackles (15 solo), an interception and a fumble recovery defensively and 265 yards of returns.

Tucker has the versatility to play on either side of the ball, but it appears he would be a defensive back in Pittsburgh.

Ayden Webb — a 6-foot-2, 170-pound three-star defensive back from Lake Highlands in Dallas, Tx.

He holds offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Kansas, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, SMU, TCU, Texas State, Toledo, Tulane, Tulsa, UTSA and Vanderbilt.

Pitt hasn’t been on Webb long, only since Jacob Bronowski extended an offer on April 30, but clearly, the relationship has blossomed over the last month.

Webb, despite an intriguing offer sheet, has not been ranked by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.

Webb is an intriguing prospect, fitting the mold of the oversized Pitt safeties of late. He’s a newer recruit in the process but has the blend of size, speed and ball skills to make a difference at the next level.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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MDtkd
MDtkd
15 days ago

As to be expected, the defense recruits have markedly better competing offers. The offense had better show up this year to help both the record and future recruiting.

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