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

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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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Menotyou
Menotyou
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.

412fanatic
412fanatic
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!

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
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

412fanatic
412fanatic
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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