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Pitt Secures Commitment from 2025 3-Star DE Julian Anderson

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Pitt defensive end commit Julian Anderson

Pitt secured five commitments over the weekend, which means the Panthers pulled just over half of the uncommitted recruits in town, and those recruits are slowly coming to light.

Julian “JuJu” Anderson — a 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete from Blair Academy in New Jersey — committed to Pitt Monday afternoon following a great visit this weekend, he announced on social media.

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He committed to Pitt over offers from Appalachian State, Boston College, Bryant, Central Michigan, Duke, Lafayette, Pitt, Syracuse, UConn, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

“Ever since I got up to Pitt, I just felt a genuine love,” Anderson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The energy, the family atmosphere that they bring, that was really important to me and my family in making a decision.”

“I wouldn’t say it was the plan, but I’d definitely say that it was God’s plan. It was a gut feeling, one the feeling comes, you just gotta go with it, and I decided that this is where I want to be.”

Tim Daoust officially extended Anderson an offer on April 25, and he’s been recruited by Daoust and Ryan Manalac since. The relationship really kicked off when Daoust made a trip down to watch Anderson workout in person last month — just a few days after Anderson announced his planned official visit.

“I think both phone and in-person conversations are important, but I truly appreciate him taking the time to come see me, it really means the world to me and attempting to build our relationship is important,” Anderson told Pittsburgh Sports Now in May. “Keeping in touch through over the phone was good but nothing beats a face-to-face talk and a handshake. I appreciate Coach Daoust taking the time out to come visit.

He reclassified to the class of 2025 in February, moving to Blair Academy for his prep career after spending his first four years of high school at The First Academy in Orlando, Fla.

Anderson did a little bit of everything for First Academy in Orlando, Fla. as a senior, serving as the leading receiver (51 receptions for 788 yards and 11 touchdowns) and leading pass rusher (45 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception).

With a long, athletic frame that should be able to pack on additional muscle, Anderson has a lot of intrigue as an edge rusher. He was perhaps the best athlete on the field at First Academy, on either side of the ball, and he looks like a good fit in the Panthers’ defense on either side of the defensive line.

“They play fast and physical, and it’s not thinking too much, we’re gonna attack you and we’re gonna hit,” Anderson said. “And you’re gonna have fun while you’re playing, that’s what this defense is about. It’s going full speed at all times.”

Anderson has not been rated by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but as his recruiting process continues this summer, that will change.

Pitt now holds nine commitments in the class of 2025, with two unclaimed Pat Signals:

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.

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

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Sackman
Sackman
5 days ago

How do you win ACC with recruits your beating out from 1AA teams and bottom barrel teams Duke and Syracuse

Pitt has the $$$ spend it on higher caliber players

Narduzzi needs to go tired of his recruiting style

412fanatic
412fanatic
5 days ago
Reply to  Sackman

I agree with what your saying! But at the same time, they offer these higher recruits, they lock in a handful of “4 stars” and then fill out their class with guys like these because they need to & I feel they know they can get them! Thats surely problematic but realistic for Pitt! Its a fine line grading recruiting based off of “stars”, never know how these kids will pan out!

Marty
Marty
5 days ago
Reply to  Sackman

Agreed. Pitt unfortunately doesn’t have a great recruiter on staff. You can hit a home run on an under recruited player once in a while but if you think building a team around shifty undersized MAC/Sun Belt level recruit’s on offense and low to mid level recruits on defense is a good idea this won’t end well. This kids a good example he essentially wasn’t good enough out of high school or had awful grades no other reason to go to prep school. I had friends go that route too so understand the prep school angle. I actually think the… Read more »

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
5 days ago

No way he ends up at pitt. He’s not rated yet, but with this commitment others will surely offer. He’s now at Blair so Rutgers or Fran Brown at the Cuse will certainly come after him hard

NoFaultWalt
NoFaultWalt
5 days ago

Whew, beating out more MAC, 1AA, and bottom feeder schools.

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