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Predicting How the Second Pitt Official Visit Window Might Unfold

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Pitt is currently right in the middle of the second official visit window. The recruits arrived yesterday, will spend all day today with the coaching staff and player hosts and leave tomorrow after exit interviews with Pat Narduzzi and the staff.

Those Pitt exit interviews usually result in a handful of commitments, as was the case last weekend, so I’d expect a couple of Pat Signals throughout Saturday.

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There are 11 commitments in the Pitt class of 2025 as it stands.

It’s not the biggest or the most acclaimed group in town, with just six confirmed uncommitted recruits, but the coaching staff is high on the group, obviously. If Pitt has shown anything during the Narduzzi era, it’s the ability to identify under-the-radar talent.

Committed

Shep Turk — 6-foot-5, 280-pound three-star offensive lineman from Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson Hills, Pa.

Uncommitted

Jordan Fields — a 6-foot-5, 265-pound three-star offensive lineman from North Shore in Houston, Tx.

Quante Gillians — 6-foot-3, 280-pound three-star defensive lineman from Aquinas Institute in Rochester, N.Y.

Bryson Williams — a 6-foot-2, 220-pound three-star linebacker from St. Mary’s in Orchard Lake, Mich.

Cole Woodson — 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star defensive back from Battlefield in Haymarket, Va.

Shawn Lee — 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star defensive back from Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa.

Joshua Guerrier — a 5-foot-9, 160-pound three-star defensive back from Ocoee in Ocoee, Fla.

So, that’s two offensive linemen (one of whom is committed), a defensive tackle, a linebacker and four defensive backs. Let’s recap some needs.

It’s a defense-heavy group for a reason. The Panthers have loaded up at the skill positions already. DaMarion Fowlkes, Bryce Yates and Tony Kinsler form a strong trio at wideout; Ja’Kyrian Turner will be a running back at the next level. Max Hunt is a pass-catching tight end. That’s a lot of weapons.

Pitt has just one offensive line commitment (and he’s in town this weekend). Surprisingly, there are just three defensive commits so far — two defensive linemen and a defensive back.

I suppose there’s a reason why the current crop of visitors is skewed defensively.

There’s a large group scheduled for the final official visit weekend, but depending on how this weekend goes, that’s subject to change. I think Pitt would like to welcome a large chunk of the current group into the class.

Shep Turk is an excellent prospect in the class, someone who I feel is still under the radar, but he can’t be alone. There were two linemen in town last weekend, and Turk is joined by Jordan Fields this weekend. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Fields joined Turk as an offensive line commit.

Now, defensively, I think we’ve got some major targets.

Quante Gillians is a top-ranked recruit in New York, and Pitt has had a lot of success with New Yorkers in recent seasons. Gillians was offered by former tight ends coach Tim Salem, who recruited New York relentlessly. He’s already visited Boston College and Syracuse this spring and has Michigan State up next, so it’d be a nice win if he were to leave as one of the newest Panthers.

Bryson Williams is an intriguing option. He’s been recruited primarily as a defensive back, but Pitt sees him bulking up a bit to play the Star linebacker role in the defense. He bears watching this weekend.

The three defensive backs are intriguing, too. The top-ranked recruit in the class is Elijah Dotson, a fellow cornerback, and I have the feeling it will be a big class for defensive backs.

Shawn Lee arrived in Pittsburgh this weekend without an official offer but received it today, and he’s one of the best athletes in Pennsylvania. He starred as a quarterback at Harrisburg last season, leading one of the top offenses in the highest classification of PA prep ball, but he’s a defensive back at the next level.

Cole Woodson and Joshua Guerrier have solid offer sheets, and I think both would be good additions to the class. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Pitt coaching staff tries to land all three defensive backs this weekend.

I predicted three or four commitments last weekend. I’m going to predict three more this weekend.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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srs28704
1 month ago

Win a bunch of games in September, October, November with electric Home crowd, they’ll Sign in December. Everything else is posturing for Chairs before Music stops.

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