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A Handful of Top Pitt Targets Announcing College Decisions Today

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It could be a very busy day for Pitt football.

Three recruits are scheduled to officially announce their college decisions, and the Panthers are firmly in the mix for all three recruits. It’s unlikely that all three pledge themselves to Pitt, but there’s a good chance Pitt goes at least two for three.

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So, here are the recruits scheduled to announce their college decisions today.

Cole Woodson — defensive back

Woodson — a 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star defensive back from Battlefield in Haymarket, Va. — hasn’t announced an official list of finalists, but he did take official visits to Duke, Pitt and Virginia Tech.

Woodson holds offers from UConn, Duke, JMU, Minnesota, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Pitt extended Woodson an offer on Jan. 30, and his official visit was the second time he made it out to Pittsburgh. His first was a visit for spring practice in March, getting his first taste of the coaching staff and the culture.

“I enjoyed sitting in on the meetings and practice as well as seeing much of the campus,” Woodson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “In speaking with coach Narduzzi and coach Sanders, I feel that they are both good men and coaches who know how to develop talent out of high school. I was impressed overall with my visit and knew I had to get back.”

The actual official visit went well, spending time with the coaching staff and his (potential) future teammates, and now the Panthers are firmly in the mix for his commitment.

He was a solid receiving threat for Battlefield last season, hauling in 13 receptions for 127 yards (9.8 yards per reception) and four touchdowns, but he’s another versatile athlete whose future is on the defensive side of the ball. He picked off four passes (returning three for touchdowns) and broke up seven passes.

247Sports rates Woodson as the 56th-ranked safety and 21st-ranked recruit from Virginia. Rivals rates him as the 37th-ranked recruit from Virginia.

Denim Cook — linebacker

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’s a prime target.

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.

Joshua Guerrier — athlete

Joshua Guerrier — a 5-foot-9, 160-pound three-star athlete from Ocoee in Ocoee, Fla. — is another one of the recruits who took an official visit to Pittsburgh and didn’t commit. But the Panthers are still firmly in his recruiting chase

Guerrier holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, FAU, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, Pitt, Temple, Tennessee, USF, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.

He’s already visited Pitt, along with Iowa, Iowa State and USF. It appears that his decision will come down to Iowa, Iowa State and Pitt.

Pitt was one of the more recent offers for Guerrier, with Lindsey Lamar extending an offer on Jan. 30, and he visited Pittsburgh during the spring to check out the program. And his official visit last weekend went very well.

He’s a versatile recruit out of Florida, exactly the kind of defensive back the Pitt coaching staff likes to recruit. It makes sense why the Panthers have prioritized him so highly.

He did a little bit of everything for Ocoee last season, completing 8-of-13 pass attempts for 53 yards, racking up 30 carries for 218 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns and six receptions for 79 yards (13.2 yards per reception) and a touchdown.

But his future lies on the defensive side of the ball, and he recorded 38 tackles (29 solo), two tackles for loss and one interception last season.

247Sports rates Guerrier as the 52nd-ranked athlete and 77th-ranked recruit from Florida while Rivals rates him as the 23rd-ranked athlete and 71st-ranked recruit from Florida — holding a 5.7 Rivals Rating.

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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