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Top Pitt Defensive Signee Jahsear Whittington Arrives on Campus

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Pitt defensive tackle commit Jahsear Whittington.

Jahsear Whittington arrived on campus this week, and while fall camp is still over a month away, the work begins now.

Whittington — a 6-foot, 275-pound defensive tackle from Imhotep Charter in Philadelphia — signed with the Panthers in December but finished his high school career before arriving in Pittsburgh. He earned Mr. PA Lineman of the Year and MVP honors at a Philly All-Star game.

Whittington was the top-ranked defensive tackle from Pennsylvania, a Top-250 recruit according to Rivals, and is coming off a stellar senior season. He racked up 62 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and two fumble recoveries in the process.

Whittington committed to Pitt way back in 2022 over offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, and he continued to receive interest from opposing programs hoping for a flip. But he stayed true to his commitment and signed on Signing Day in December.

“This is one of those guys that loves football as well,” Narduzzi said about Whittington on National Signing Day. “Always got a smile on his face. He’s tough, he’s physical. He led his team to a state championship. We wish he was mid-year. Every time I see him, I’m like, ‘Are you sure you’re not mid-year?’ I wish he was mid-year. And just one of those guys that led his team to a championship. He’s explosive, he causes havoc inside against whoever he plays against.”

Whittington is a big piece when it comes to the future of the Pitt defensive line and its resurgence. He’s an “undersized” defensive tackle who aspires to impact Pitt like Calijah Kancey and Aaron Donald before him, and by all accounts, he’s the type of player on and off the field who could develop into a team captain.

Narduzzi was certainly able to watch Whittington grow into the man he is today throughout his lengthy commitment and the way that he grew up stood out.

“Jahsear just kind of grew up as far as just knowing what’s important, where I belong, what a commitment and loyalty really means,” Narduzzi said in December. “That’s what I see from him. I’m sure we’ll see a lot more improvement on the field. He obviously got stronger, he’s more physical when you talk about the athletic attributes.”

Former defensive line coach Charlie Partridge was a major reason why Whittington initially felt comfortable committing to Pitt so early, but he’s excited to begin building a relationship with new defensive line coach Tim Daoust, too.

“I can’t wait to meet him and build a good relationship with him and see what he expects and what type of coach he is,” Whittington told PSN after Partridge left.

Whittington is a late arrival, but he’s the type of high-caliber recruit (at a position of need) who could come in and immediately compete for playing time. It’s untraditional for a true freshman — or underclassmen — to carve out any sort of serious playing time, but that’s obviously the goal.

Whittington is one of five defensive line signees in the class, leading a group that includes four-star defensive tackle Francis Brewu, four-star defensive end Sincere Edwards, three-star defensive end Zachary Crothers and three-star defensive tackle Ty Yuhas.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

So good to see that true Loyalty still is present among certain kids, even if less than in the past. Good Karma, leadership, and success comes to those of high, team first, character. Welcome Jahsear.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Yes, and contrary to what some stunads on this thread insist, we have multiple 4 star and high 3 star commits.

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