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2025 3-Star Pitt OL Target Includes Panthers in Top 3

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Pitt offensive line target Byron Nelson

While the official visit window is over, with 17 Pitt commitments (and one unannounced Pat Signal) in the class of 2025, that doesn’t mean there won’t be more commitments in the coming days and weeks.

Byron Nelson — a 6-foot-3, 300-pound three-star offensive lineman from Katy in Katy, Tx. — visited Pittsburgh earlier this month and after his three official visits, he’s announced a top three that includes North Carolina, Pitt and Vanderbilt.

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He holds offers from Arkansas State, Cal, Colorado State, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, North Carolina, North Texas, Pitt, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulane, UTEP and Vanderbilt.

Nelson will be committing on Friday, June 28.

Nelson started hearing from the Pitt coaching staff earlier this year as the Panthers started digging into the talent-rich state of Texas, and Jeremy Darveau officially extended an offer on Feb. 8. He made his first visit to Pittsburgh for his official visit from June 6-8.

Nelson is a big, physical offensive presence on the offensive line, and he’s one of the few linemen in the mix for the final offensive line commit in the class.

247Sports rates Nelson as the 73rd-ranked interior offensive lineman and 173rd-ranked recruit from Texas while On3 rates him as the 59th-ranked interior offensive lineman and 156th-ranked recruit from Texas. Rivals hasn’t rated Nelson.

Nelson appears to be destined as an interior offensive lineman at the next level, and Pitt already has two interior linemen in the class. It’s unlikely that the Panthers will add a third to the class at this point.

The current crop of Pitt offensive line commits includes three-star interior offensive lineman Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), three-star interior offensive lineman Torian Chester (Albany, Ga.) and three-star offensive tackle Akram Elnagmi (England). Keep four-star offensive tackle Chastan Brown and three-star offensive tackle Jordan Fields on the radar.

Pitt holds 17 commitments in the class of 2025, with one unannounced Pat Signal:

Turk, Chester, Elnagmi, three-star athlete Synkwan Smith (Roswell, Ga.), three-star wide receiver Kha’leal Sterling (Miami, Fla.), three-star wide receiver DaMarion Fowlkes (Olney, Md.), three-star tight end Max Hunt (Tampa, Fla.), 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 Emmanuel Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.), 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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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