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Pitt Secures Commitment from 2025 3-Star LB Emmanuel Taylor

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Ryan Manalac has faced some criticism throughout his tenure as the Pitt linebackers coach, but all he’s done is land high-potential linebackers. Emmanuel Taylor is no different.

Taylor — a 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Va. — committed to Pitt Saturday via social media, following a stellar official visit to Pittsburgh over the weekend. And he’s the first of what could be a busy weekend in the city.

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He committed to Pitt over a list of offers that included Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Liberty, Marshall and Virginia Tech.

“Just the hospitality I got when I first got here, not only from the coaches but the players as well, they showed a lot of love when I first got there,” Taylor told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “And after, when it was just me and the players, no coaches, they showed the same and have been genuine from the start.”

Pitt extended an offer to Taylor back in November, with then-running backs coach and special teams coordinator Andre Powell serving as a lead recruiter for the Virginia recruit, but Manalac spearheaded his recruiting process for the Panthers.

“(Manalac) said I’d be a hybrid type linebacker because I have the speed and the ability of getting from one sideline to the other,” Taylor said.

He was an explosive playmaker for Green Run in 2023, on both sides of the ball, but he flashed on the defensive side. He racked up 120 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, four sacks and six touchdowns, and his athleticism flashes just about every time he steps on the football field.

“I believe that I have the … I didn’t want to say aggression, I tried to find another word for it, but I have that real dog in me,” Taylor said. “I know how to hit.”

247Sports rates Taylor as the 100th-ranked athlete and 24th-ranked recruit from Virginia, and while neither Rivals nor On3 have ranked him, it’s only a matter of time.

Taylor is the second linebacker in the class, joining Justin Thompson. It’s a solid duo in terms of strength and athleticsm.

Pitt holds 13 commitments in the class of 2025:

Three-star Akram Elmagni (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.

Three-star cornerback Shawn Lee (Harrisburg, Pa.), 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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Marty
Marty
24 days ago

Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Liberty, Marshall and Virginia Tech. In other words we fought off a some mid majors and a couple average power 4 programs at best. I wouldn’t call the 100th ranked LB a top lb maybe it should’ve been titled sleeper lb from Virginia like the volleyball player article. How can’t Pitt land elite talent? We’re not even in the conversation with these kids anymore. The program has gotten really stale and Pitt pays Fred Flinstone 7 million plus which isn’t much less than Dabo and this is what we get? Cmon man.

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
24 days ago
Reply to  Marty

100th ranked in his position in the nation. Do you realized what an accomplishment that is….no, you don’t. Did you watch his film….no, you didn’t. Did you acknowledge his stats….no, you didn’t. If rankings and stars are what you exclusively seek, notice that every starter next season is a high 3 star, or 4 star player. Pitt landed a 4 star defensive lineman transfer from Clemson and a 4 star quarterback from Alabama. We are in the conversation, if you can read and comprehend.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
24 days ago

Babahahahaha.

You his guy will never see the field, even if he doesn’t transfer.

What was the last time Pat landed a player anyone was excited about on the front-end? I’m not talking about someone that DEVELOPED into a decent player.

We are still touting players from 1980-2015.

Pitt’s recruiting getting smoked.

Marty
Marty
23 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

LeSean McCoy. Wanny had the right idea he just coached in the wrong decade.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
23 days ago
Reply to  Marty

From 2008. This is exactly what I’m talking about. Thank you for making my point.

It’s only going to get worse from here.

I’m excited for our new OC, but anyone who thinks recruiting isn’t in the shitter is delusional.

412fanatic
412fanatic
23 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

Like damn lol How do you know he wont see the field?!?!?! Lol AGAIN Pitt is NOT a top dog in college football so they cant just star chase like top dogs can and will do! They have to really evaluate players that fit what they do! They like athletic LBs especially OLBs so they will take 195lbs guys that schools may overlook, get them up to 215-220lbs and be happy with it! I know i was excited about Whitehead, Boyd, P.Ford, Maddox, Addison (most schools wanted him at CB not WR whats that say about evaluating guys), Vincent Davis… Read more »

kevin
kevin
23 days ago
Reply to  412fanatic

Well said!
I don’t know why Pitt doesn’t commit more in the NIL fund. This is the first time where there is a direct correlation between $$$ and recruiting. Before it was hidden in secrecy, but now – pay to and they will come.
H2P!

Marty
Marty
23 days ago

Get a grip we’re two yrs removed from an ACC title and Pitts back in with the bottom feeders recruiting project after project. I watched his film he’s a one paced WR running little flare and out routes in empty stadiums which looks like low level competition at best. His LB film he moves well scraping the line of scrimmage but he’s a 180/190 pounds he’s raw and will take time to get him ready to play power 4 LB. It will be three years until he’s a realistic option at LB if this was 2007 I’d say ok there’s… Read more »

412fanatic
412fanatic
23 days ago
Reply to  Marty

Define elite talent?!?! Are you just going off of rankings? Hope not… Do you know how many 5 stars there are every year? How about how many 4 stars? Every coach/school has to deal with the portal so the thoughts of worrying about guys transferring should be somewhat minimized by now because of the frequency of transfers! Especially if its a kid who doesn’t want to work while he waits knowing damn well he needs more time to develop than others! Could be a business move for the kid as well! Why not go get some P4 NIL money, P4… Read more »

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
24 days ago

ooof, so he recruits on “high potential”. If your recruits are all 3 stars then your backups are lower 3 stars or unranked, which means no depth. Next few seasons are going to be bad

howardlauderback@gmail.com
howardlauderback@gmail.com
23 days ago

Overated coaches in no particular order Tomlin, Sullivan, and of course Narduzzi.

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