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Pitt Makes Final Two for OL Target Denzil Williams



Pitt offensive line target Denzil Williams

A previous version of this article mistakenly said that Williams was deciding between Pitt and Syracuse

It’s either Pitt or Boston College for Panthers’ offensive line target Denzil Williams.

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Williams — a 6-foot-3, 295-pound three-star offensive lineman from Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, N.Y. — announced that he’s deciding between the Panthers and the Eagles, via Graphicsbyshaun on Instagram.

He was one of the 13 official recruits in Pittsburgh the first week of June, and while he wasn’t one of the five to commit, he definitely enjoyed his time at Pitt.

“It was amazing,” Williams said, “it was awesome.”

It’s safe to say that Williams’ expectations were met — and his questions were answered.

“They were definitely met,” Williams told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I really wanted to see the academic side of things and we got to do that on the official visit, and it definitely met my standards.

“I would say just learning about the school and how much resources we get as the students and student-athletes (was my favorite part of the visit).”

Williams has built a strong relationship with Jeremy Darveau since Darveau extended an offer just over a month ago, and that bond only grew as the pair spent time together this weekend. But it wasn’t just Darveau; it was offensive graduate assistant Chris Russell and Pitt offensive lineman Isaiah Montgomery, too.

He was able to get a good feel for the program in his first extended look at the Panthers, on and off the field.

“I would definitely say they’re team-oriented, everybody gets along, there’s no divide on the team, everybody gets along,” Williams said. “And it shows.”

There’s a clear fit in the program when it comes to the kind of people in Pittsburgh, but there’s certainly a fit on the field, too.

Williams hasn’t exactly been told where the Darveau and the Pitt coaching staff see him at the next level, but it’s likely on the inside. He’s played inside and outside at the high school level, and he didn’t allow a sack during his junior season.

Williams is rated as the eighth-ranked recruit from New York by Rivals, holding a 5.5 Rivals Rating.

Williams holds offers from Boston College, Bryant, Buffalo, Delaware, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, JMU, Massachusetts, Monmouth, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple and UNLV, but his process is narrowing down.

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 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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

I’m guessing pretty strongly it’s not Syracuse lol

1 month ago

Not the greatest offer sheet but as we know that’s not always a great indicator, especially for guys up north it seems. Maybe get another good NY lineman like Goncalves was. Also, article says he’s deciding between Pitt and Syracuse but the tweet shows BC.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago


Ryan Scholato
Ryan Scholato
1 month ago

Obviously the only real football program in PA didn’t offer or he would be gone.

1 month ago
Reply to  Ryan Scholato

You must mean Penn State. I believe the article stated academic quality was important to this player.

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