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Pitt Secures Commitment From Top Athlete in Pennsylvania

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Pitt defensive back commit Shawn Lee

There are a ton of excellent athletes in Pennsylvania, but there likely aren’t many better than Shawn Lee. And Pitt certainly noticed the impact Lee made at the high school level last season.

Lee — 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star athlete from Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa. — announced Wednesday evening his commitment to Pitt via social media. He’s the second official visitor from last weekend’s OV window to pledge himself to the Panthers.

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“Truly blessed & grateful. Committed,” Lee wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Lee committed to Pitt over offers from Akron, Buffalo, UConn, Howard, Iowa State, JMU, Kent State and North Carolina State. He’s a recruit who flew under the radar during his recruitment.

Pitt was a more recent offer for Lee, who made it out to Pittsburgh last September for a gameday visit, and his official visit was the first time he made it back to town since.

It’s easy to see why the Pitt coaching staff prioritized Lee during his official visit.

He starred on both sides of the ball at Harrisburg last season, racking up 3,721 yards and 45 total touchdowns (1,451 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground) and 47 tackles (32 solo), four interceptions and seven pass breakups. The lack of major interest is surprising, but it may have to do with his size.

Lee isn’t ranked by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Rivals or On3), but he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.

Lee isn’t the most sought-after recruit in the class, but he’s an excellent athlete who somehow slipped through the cracks. He’s a top-tier athlete who will fit in well in the Panthers’ secondary.

Pitt holds 13 commitments in the class of 2025:

Three-star offensive tackle Akram Elnagmi (England), 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.

Lee, 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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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
24 days ago

“Akron, Buffalo, UConn, Howard, Iowa State, JMU, Kent State and North Carolina State. He’s a recruit who flew under the radar during his recruitment.”

Dude isn’t even ranked.

What the hell is going on?

This is brutal.

Who is the last marquee player that Pitt signed and actually stuck to his commitment?

Marty
Marty
24 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

Pretty sad click bait “Top Athlete in Pennsylvania” if you didn’t read the article you’d think he was a heavily recruited player and highly ranked. We’re beating bottom feeders and low level power 4 schools let that sink in homers keep telling yourself the ship ain’t sinking. When did low end players become top athletes????

Pittband
Pittband
24 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Pitt beat bottom feeder, Toledo, for the commitment of one Aaron Donald. He of the famous sweep of all defensive awards his senior year.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
24 days ago
Reply to  Pittband

This is a silly comment. There are always outliers in ever program.

You have to have studs to win. That formula never changes.

Pittband
Pittband
24 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

You completely miss thrust of the comment. These are 17 & 18 year old kids. Some develop quickly (I stopped growing at 12), others grow into their 20s (i. e., David Robinson). Duzz looks for commitment. The rest is chance.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  Pittband

great strategy….recruit on commitment, not talent and then pray. How much is Duzz getting paid for this?

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
23 days ago

It’s as good of a strategy of just offering to players that everyone else is offering. Then, when you get them, you still can’t win big games….psu, u.m….smdh.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
23 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

With all of Miami ’s “studs” and psu’s ” studs,” they still can’t compete with elite programs. So your formula is not fool proof…..fool.

Maz1960
Maz1960
24 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

If Pat Narduzzi, Bates and Collins have that much confidence in this recruit then I suspect he is worthy of the scholarship. Consider their record … Sports Illustrated and PFF College reports recently put out a list of the schools who have the most defensive backs in the NFL right now. Pitt ranked fifth, along with Auburn, Georgia, Oregon and rival Penn State, with nine alumni in the pros. The current Pitt Panthers defensive backs in the NFL include Dane Jackon with the Carolina Panthers, Damar Hamlin with the Buffalo Bills, Damarri Mathis with the Denver Broncos, Erick Hallett II… Read more »

412fanatic
412fanatic
23 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

Excellent point! They seem to find solid DBs at a good clip! The way they play their defense forces that out of them because of the situations the DBs are put in consistently! Also, i believe Hamlin & Devonshire were 4 star guys along with Whitehead!

srs28704
srs28704
24 days ago

Narduzzi will take 25 three-stars that are Chemistry dudes in the locker room and playing their role. There are 1500 P4 Scholarship athletes in FB each year. This dude is one of them

Marty
Marty
24 days ago
Reply to  srs28704

This isn’t 2014 this is 2024 with money involved and these players aren’t guaranteed for anything more than a season nowadays. You’ll get some that will stay long term most will look to the biggest dollar amount. Have to change with the times.

Giovanni
Giovanni
24 days ago

After watching his reel, I have to agree with the author. His quick & elusive style looks like a perfect fit for a Kade Bell offense and/or a DB. A likely sleeper.

Giovanni
Giovanni
24 days ago

Gotta like this…

Lee also received plaudits from former Pitt great running back LeSean McCoy when he announced his offer. McCoy is from the Harrisburg area and loves what he sees from Lee and Pitt fans will, no doubt, enjoy seeing the bridge between the two.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

what’s he gonna say?

Giovanni
Giovanni
23 days ago

Something far more of interest than you.

Tim
Tim
23 days ago

Why would Shady lie? What would be in it for him? Some people are positive, supportive. Others look for flaws. Me? I like to see young people do well. It helps everyone.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago

Thank God pitt held off Howard and Akron…Pat signal!!!

Randino
Randino
24 days ago

You should do something productive with your daily alloted computer time, Mr Sandusky.

Tim
Tim
23 days ago
Reply to  Randino

🤣

Maz1960
Maz1960
24 days ago

I almost hate to respond to your comments but knowing you as a Penn State follower I am curious. How can Penn State be nationally ranked in recruiting classes. Secure all of these four and the occasional five star recruit. They out recruit Pitt for the top WPIAL talent among other locations. Still continue to be a middle tier team in their own conference. Never beat Michigan, Ohio State and seldom Michigan State. Is it talent over rated or is it poor coaching? I could only imagine what Narduzzi and his staff could do with a team of four star… Read more »

412fanatic
412fanatic
24 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

I think its coaching, hands down! They get all these “guys” but haven’t gotten over the proverbial hump in the big ten! How would Penn State do in the ACC?? We can only speculate! Penn State gets by recruiting wise because it is a blue blood for football even if they haven’t done anything over the top in a while! they do put guys in the league at a good clip BECAUSE of the guys they are able to recruit NOT coaching!

412fanatic
412fanatic
24 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

Penn State cant get over the Big Ten hump because of coaching 4sure! They get all these “guys” every year but have been falling short for yearssss! They get by recruiting wise because they are a blue blood for football, no denying that! How would they do in the ACC? We can only speculate!

Giovanni
Giovanni
23 days ago
Reply to  Maz1960

So perfectly stated.

412fanatic
412fanatic
23 days ago

Clearly most of y’all don’t know how this recruiting thing works! There’s no way that y’all really believe Pitt should have a commitment List full of four stars and five stars, that leads some of yall to come on here and comment negatively when they sign a 3 star guy or someone with little to no p4 offers! Have yall looked at the star breakdown of these recruiting classes to see who is getting the top guys? Pitt is not a top dog, they cannot only recruit four and Five Star guys!! If you visit this site regularly, you see… Read more »

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
23 days ago

Just waiting for other power five programs to offer a recruit isn’t the best strategy. Offering a player that you studied on film and know will contribute to your program is sound recruiting. If there is anyone out there that does not recognize this guy’s talent potential, and production, then they are not qualified to comment. If you can read and comprehend, then you’re on notice stunads.

412fanatic
412fanatic
23 days ago

Best comment by far! The kid looks solid to me! No hesitation in his game! Willing to bet if he was 2 inches taller and weighed another 10-15 lbs he would have bigger offers! A lot of schools play the number game! Most recruits must be this tall, weigh this much and/or run this fast, which leads to guys being overlooked and others being overly sought after!

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