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Pitt Earns Commitment from 2025 3-Star LB Justin Thompson



Pitt LB commit Justin Thompson.

It takes a certain type of linebacker to thrive at Pitt, but those who play with a sort of reckless abandon often fit right in. Justin Thompson plays with reckless abandon.

Thompson — a 6-foot-3, 225-pound three-star linebacker from Good Counsel in Olney, Md. — committed to Pitt following a strong official visit this weekend, he announced Monday afternoon on social media.

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

“It just felt like the spot for me,” Thompson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It felt like home. Real genuine, real kind and it just felt like a great family atmosphere — school and all. It was just a brotherhood over there that could develop me to the next level.

“It wasn’t the plan, but going there, being there for three days, it changed my decision to just I want to commit. Everything they did was great, I loved the three days. Everything that they were telling me led me to the decision.”

Pitt initially offered Thompson in January, and he made it out for a spring practice in March. His official visit was the second time he made it out to Pittsburgh, and it was exactly the kind of reassurance he needed to pledge himself to the Panthers.

“I was with all of (the Pitt coaches) a lot, coach Manalac a lot, he’s my position coach, so we were watching film a lot, going over plays, seeing how I’d fit into the defense, just watching practice film and seeing what plays I need to work on,” Thompson said.

Thompson is the type of versatile athlete that Pitt prioritizes. He’s a fit at any of the three linebacker spots in the defensive scheme.

“I can play all three, so it really depends on what he needs. I can play both of the outside or the inside, so it’s what he’d like me to play.”

“I feel like my game fits great in there. I’m a really aggressive, downhill, sideline to sideline linebacker. They’re the most aggressive defense in the country, they blitz a lot, always sending six, had the most sacks, TFLs, they do what I like to do. How they run the defense is similar to how I do it in high school.”

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

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.

Thompson feels blessed that he’s able to be a Pitt Panther — and a college football player.

“It means a lot because not everybody gets a chance to play at the collegiate level, and just especially at Pitt,” Thompson said. “Great school, great education, send people to the league, they train with the Steelers right at the facility. It feels great — they send a lot of people to the league, a lot of linebackers, defensive tackles, edges and DBs.”

Pitt now holds 10 commitments in the class of 2025, with one unclaimed Pat Signal:

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 running back Ja’Kyrian Turner (Bushnell, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio) offensively.

Thompson, three-star defensive end Julian Anderson (Orlando, Fla.), four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson (Detroit, Mich.) and three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensively.

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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
8 days ago

yes, held off Towson!

7 days ago

Here’s a person that just doesn’t get it. In any way. I won’t even give you a down vote. I think youre a bot. The same ridiculous comment time after time. Redundant redundancy. Try a change up or curveball. Your fastball has no gas.

7 days ago
Reply to  Tim

I think he gets it. You’re just too bias to see what’s going on. We’re a few years removed from a conference championship and yet the recruiting and team has decline to the point it’s flat out ugly. Look at how all are assistants and defensive players all left on defense add the fact the entire offensive staff was fired but that’s the only move I agree with so far. You can’t survive recruiting under recruited under sized players. A few might turn out good but generally you can’t expect many too. Pitt needed to capitalize on the success from… Read more »

7 days ago
Reply to  Marty

It may take a couple of more years but Pitt will be fine. Narduzzi should be commended for having the balls to completely revamp the offense. As the team begins putting up more W’s with Bell’s offense, and almost always excellent Defense, the better athletes will inevitably want to be part of the program. It’s a journey but now heading in the right direction.

Fred Snerd is a twerp
Fred Snerd is a twerp
7 days ago

No, Pitt held off North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke, Baylor and Florida. Towson never had a chance. I see you nitters held off Alabama State for Alvin Henderson…Take your low IQ somewhere else…

7 days ago

Yes, also held-off Florida, Duke, North Carolina and South Carolina. Only a Dufus would spend so much time posting constant negative pedestrian comments on these boards. Even mommy and daddy are shaking their heads as to what went so wrong.

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