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Pitt All 105: DE Zachary Crothers Will Grow in First Season at Pitt



Pitt defensive end Zachary Crothers

All 105 is a Pittsburgh Sports Now series profiling each of the 105 members of the Pitt 2024 training camp roster. 

Zachary Crothers, a true freshman defensive end from Chaminade Madonna in Weston, Fla.

2023 season: Crothers starred at Chaminade Madonna as a senior last season, helping the Lions to an unbeaten state championship — the third in a row for the Lions

Stats: Crothers racked up 52 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and a pick-six last season at Chaminade Madonna

Camp outlook: Crothers will work with the 3s primarily during fall camp, still working his way into the defense after arriving in Pittsburgh during the winter

Projected role: Crothers isn’t likely to see the field during his freshman campaign unless he’s inserted into the lineup during garbage time early in the season, but he will serve a key role on the scout team

Zachary Crothers (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) originally committed to Pitt as a three-star recruit in the class of 2024 over offers from Akron, Appalachian State, Bowling Green, Brown, Coastal Carolina, Connecticut, Indiana, Liberty, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon State, Toledo, USF and Western Michigan.

He was one of the leaders on a Chaminade-Madonna High squad that went 14-0 and brought home the FHSAA 1M title, racking up 22.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and a pick-six in the process. He credits his ability to make splash plays to his long arms — which he hasn’t officially measured yet.

“Just an outstanding football player, defensive end, can do it all,” Pat Narduzzi said on National Signing Day. “And probably the best compliment you can get, and I told them so on the phone today, I saved it for today, is, you know, I’m at Burton Catholic High School, who they beat early in the year. And I’d imagine Chaminade has maybe ten guys sign today, and the coach is like, ‘Coach, that guy you got out of there is the best football player on the team and the best player we saw all year.’

“So again, getting a compliment like that from another staff, another team that you played is critical. So, not only did they win a state championship, they finished number two in the country.”

Crothers isn’t likely to see any action during his true freshman season, but he’s a long, lean edge who will continue to grow into himself on and off the field in Pittsburgh.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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