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Massive 2025 3-Star Texas OL Includes Pitt in Top Five



Pitt offensive tackle commit R.J. Lee

Pitt hasn’t landed a recruit from the state of Texas yet, but it appears to only be a matter of time with the way the coaching staff has pursued talent in the Lone Star state.

R.J. Lee — a 6-foot-9, 340-pound three-star recruit from Second Baptist in Houston, Tx. — included the Panthers in his Top 5. Houston, Louisiana Lafayette, Pitt, Texas Tech and Tulsa made the cut, and a decision will be made on June 24.

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He cut Boston College, Memphis, Lamar and McNeese State from contention.


Pitt reached out to Lee back in January, as part of the push into the talent-rich state of Texas, and Randy Bates officially extended an offer on Jan. 30.

Lee is a massive lineman with a long wingspan and serious power in his play. He isn’t the most mobile, but his size and strength are hard to beat. And at 6-foot-9, he’s an able athlete.

247Sports rates Lee as the 1,362th-ranked recruit in the class (100th-ranked offensive tackle and 199th-ranked recruit from Texas) while On3 rates him as the 1,286th-ranked recruit (94th-ranked offensive tackle and 185th-ranked recruit from Texas).

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.

Pitt holds 12 commitments in the class of 2025:

Elnagmi, three-star wide receiver DaMarion Fowlkes (Olney, Md.), 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.

Three-star linebacker Justin Thompson (Olney, Md.), 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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1 month ago

Am I wrong or have we gone back to the Walt and Wanny days where 85% of our recruits have offers from MAC level schools? Just a few years ago I was happy to see our recruits were wanted by SEC and Big10 elites and I felt good that we were finally moving up. If the NIL thing isn’t fixed then I think we are doomed.

1 month ago
Reply to  Menotyou

You are definitely speaking all facts BUT they will always go after mid-low tier recruits because they cannot live in the “4-5 star world” for their entire class! They “offer” a lot of big time recruits while most of them push Pitt to the side! They’ve had several 4 stars that NEVER sniffed the field and they’ve had 2-3 star guys become all conference / all american / pro players!

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29 days ago
Reply to  412fanatic

and those 2-3 stars they maybe sometimes once in a blue moon turn out to be players. That’s why pitt will win 3 games again. YOU CAN’T SURVIVE WITH 2-3 STARS, unless you are pitt and are happy with 7 wins a year

29 days ago

Its who they are! Middle of the pack, mid tier program, that has to play clean, damn near perfect ball to win double digit games in a season! BUT at the same time don’t overread those stars! Those recruiting services can get “janky, fluky, etc”! I’ve saw a prime example of it with my own eyes!

Last edited 29 days ago by 412fanatic

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