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Pitt Lands Commitment from NFL Academy OT Akram Elnagmi

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Pitt offensive line commit Akram Elnagmi

Pitt has landed its fair share of foreign football players over the years, with German native Moritz Schmoranzer as the latest, and the Panthers have struck again.

Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers secured a commitment from Akram Elnagmi — a 6-foot-6, 297-pound offensive lineman from the NFL Academy — Sunday morning, he announced on social media. The former rugby player was formerly committed to Eastern Michigan.

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Elnagmi originally played rugby at Bristol Grammar School in England before spending the last year and a half learning to play football.

“Pitt Family, I’m coming home,” Elnagmi wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

The NFL Academy is an elite football development program for student-athletes 16 to 18 years old that looks to combine full-time education with transformative life skills and character development, alongside intensive training in American football. It’s based at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England.

Elnagmi who is a rising senior in the program who will enroll in the winter of 2025 made a previously unannounced visit to Pitt yesterday.

Elnagmi is an intriguing prospect. He’s huge, with a 7-foot wingspan, but he’s raw, which makes sense considering he’s played high school football for just a year. With continued progression and collegiate coaching, he could develop into a massive mismatch for defensive ends as a tackle.

With the commitment, Elnagmi becomes the second offensive line commit in the class of 2025, joining three-star offensive lineman Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.). Pitt now has an interior offensive lineman and offensive tackle in the class.

Some of the notable non-Americans that Pitt has landed in the past few seasons include Schmoranzer (Germany), Haba Baldonado (Italy), Jared Wayne (Canada) and Kirk Christodoulou (Australia).

Elnagmi and his football development will be an intriguing storyline to follow over the next few seasons. He has the potential to be an impact blocker over time.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

Yes, poached an Eastern Michigan level kid..winning!!!

Marty
Marty
1 month ago

It’s pretty sad really these guys writing these stories have to pretend these low 2 and low 3 stars are coming with real potential. Granted 1 out of 10 2 stars might become a good player but the problem with gambling on scrap yard players is that if Pitt does develop a kid for 2/3 yrs before they play then immediately transfer the follow season you essentially wasted a scholarship on a guy that did nothing for two seasons and some other program gets to reap the benefits. If Pitt can’t recruit legit high school talent now go the transfer… Read more »

Skip white
Skip white
1 month ago
Reply to  Marty

Did you read the article? His size, wing span and the fact he played rugby in England. shows there is real potential there. You can’t teach size, strength or speed. This is one you should take a shot on. With him Only playing one year of football, His growth potential is there.

Marty
Marty
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip white

I did and that stuffs great he’s a gamble but unfortunately we stole him from Eastern Michigan not Michigan that’s the concerning part. Stars don’t matter to me it’s the offers they had and which were actually committable offers that’s important alot times we get guys that might’ve had a few nice offers but not all those offers are committable.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip white

That’s the problem. Pitt can’t take all “potential” How many years will you occupy a scholarship to teach him to play? Duzz needs players now, this year is going to be really bad and they need to coach not teach. Maybe they do teach him, but then you just wait for him to go to Georgia or Bama

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago

Every player is potential until they play and every player coming from high school needs to be coached up. If you believe this year is going to be ” really bad,” realize that almost every starter and back up player this coming season is a 4 star, or, high 3 star player. Ability to coach players up is the most important aspect in any program. That’s why psu can’t beat elite competition and never competes for conference championships.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago
Reply to  Skip white

He played two years and he is at a football academy high school. Because of the NFL initiative, England is growing their interest in American rules football. His lack of ranking is obviously related to him playing in Europe. What many of these knuckle heads don’t understand is that offensive lineman prospects like this are in high demand. Every successful program needs depth at offensive line.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Marty

Very well put. Pitt is like a AAA team (or The Pirates). Any good player they find as a 2* and develop will move on to a big time program later. That joke they call an NCAA should allow schools to get money back for all the meals, time, etc. they invested in a kid (or simply the transfer school pays back the other school for their scholarships)

Marty
Marty
1 month ago

It’s a simple fix if the college kids want to live the life of a pro athlete then they need to sign contracts just the same. Say 1 to 4 year deals with that schools know how long they have control of a player. With the current system this is a recipe for disaster.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Marty

I agree, you shouldn’t have to recruit your own players every day. As a grad transfer I can understand, but some type of “contract” would be good so you have time to develop players that you take a big reach on.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago

My god. We are celebrating getting kids from England now, but can’t get kids from our own backyard?

WTF is going on?

Pitt recruiting like a G5 team, not an ACC member.

This doesn’t looks good.

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