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Pitt OV Met Expectations for 2025 OL Target Denzil Williams

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Pitt offensive line target Denzil Williams

Denzil Williams went into his official visit to Pitt with a few things in mind. He wanted to spend more time with the coaching staff, but maybe even more importantly, he wanted to see how his academics would be handled.

It’s safe to say that Williams’ expectations were met — and his questions were answered.

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“They were definitely met,” Williams told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I really wanted to see the academic side of things and we got to do that on the official visit, and it definitely met my standards.

“I would say just learning about the school and how much resources we get as the students and student-athletes (was my favorite part of the visit).”

Williams — a 6-foot-3, 295-pound three-star offensive lineman from Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, N.Y. — was one of the 13 official recruits in Pittsburgh this weekend, and while he wasn’t one of the five to commit, he definitely enjoyed his time at Pitt.

“It was amazing,” Williams said, “it was awesome.”

Williams has built a strong relationship with Jeremy Darveau since Darveau extended an offer just over a month ago, and that bond only grew as the pair spent time together this weekend. But it wasn’t just Darveau; it was offensive graduate assistant Chris Russell and Pitt offensive lineman Isaiah Montgomery, too.

He was able to get a good feel for the program in his first extended look at the Panthers, on and off the field.

“I would definitely say they’re team-oriented, everybody gets along, there’s no divide on the team, everybody gets along,” Williams said. “And it shows.”

There’s a clear fit in the program when it comes to the kind of people in Pittsburgh, but there’s certainly a fit on the field, too.

Williams hasn’t exactly been told where the Darveau and the Pitt coaching staff see him at the next level, but it’s likely on the inside. He’s played inside and outside at the high school level, and he didn’t allow a sack during his junior season.

Williams hasn’t been rated by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but as his recruitment continues this summer, that will change.

Williams holds offers from Boston College, Bryant, Buffalo, Delaware, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, JMU, Massachusetts, Monmouth, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple and UNLV, but it appears his process is narrowing down.

His next stop is Boston College next weekend, and then Syracuse in two weekends, which replaces a previously planned visit to JMU, and then it’s likely time to iron out a potential commitment date. Pitt was the first official visit, and the Panthers set the bar high.

“The schools just gotta see me that they want me there, on a real note, not anything fake, but Pitt did such a great job — like with me and my mom, showing the real them,” Williams said. “Everybody was showing the real them, and you could just tell right away the coaches were talking to you honestly and even to my mom, when I wasn’t around.

“They definitely are around the top; I’ll have to see other schools for them to see if they’re the definite top.”

Pitt holds seven commitments in the class of 2025, with four unclaimed Pat Signals:

Four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson (Detroit, Mich.), three-star tight end Max Hunt (Tampa, Fla.), 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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