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Pitt LB Target Announces Commitment Date, Panthers in the Mix

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Pitt linebacker target Denim Cook

Pitt has an unclaimed Pat Signal out there, and one of the recruits in town for an official visit earlier this month is announcing his college decision tomorrow.

Denim Cook — a 6-foot-4, 220-pound three-star linebacker from Bishop Hartley in Columbus, Ohio — named Pitt to his top six last month, taking an official visit to Pittsburgh from June 20-22, and he will be announcing where he will play Monday, July 1 at 1 p.m.

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It appears that Cook will be deciding between Pitt and Virginia.

Cook included Pitt in a top six that features Indiana, Louisville, Pitt, Purdue, Toledo and Virginia. He cut Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Liberty, Marshall, UMass, Miami (Oh.) and Ohio from contention.

He had a strong official visit to Pittsburgh and also spent time in Charlottesville, Va. with the Cavaliers.

Pitt jumped into the fray for Cook in January, with Narduzzi and Manalac extending an offer during a busy in-school visit period. He hasn’t visited Pittsburgh since picking up an offer, but he made a trip out for the Florida State game last November.

Cook is a little bit bigger than a traditional Pitt linebacker, but his versatility in a jumbo frame is intriguing. He has the look of a Money linebacker in the Panthers’ defense.

Cook was very impactful as a do-it-all defender for Bishop Hartley last season, racking up 116 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and 17 quarterback hurries — earning All-District, All-Conference and All-State honors.

247Sports rates him as the 79th-ranked linebacker and 29th-ranked recruit in Ohio while Rivals hasn’t rated him yet — although he does hold a 5.5 Rivals Rating.

Pitt holds commitments from two linebackers in the class of 2025 so far, Emmanuel Taylor and Justin Thompson, who both took official visits earlier this month. Pitt brought in three linebackers last cycle and could do the same this one.

Pitt holds 18 commitments in the class of 2025, with one unannounced Pat Signal:

The Panthers have landed three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio), three-star running back Ja’Kyrian Turner (Bushnell, Fla.), 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 wide receiver Tony Kinsler (Port Orange, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Bryce Yates (Chesterfield, Va.), three-star tight end Max Hunt (Tampa, Fla.), Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), Torian Chester (Albany, Ga.) and Akram Elnagmi (Loughborough, England), offensively.

And three-star defensive end Julian Anderson (Orlando, Fla.), three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), three-star linebacker Emmanuel Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.), three-star linebacker Justin Thompson (Olney, Md.), three-star cornerback Shawn Lee (Harrisburg, Pa.), four-star cornerback Mason Alexander (Fishers, Ind.) and four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson (Detroit, Mich.) defensively.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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