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Pitt linebacker target Bryson Williams

Pitt is in the running for another top target in the class of 2025.

Bryson Williams — a 6-foot-2, 220-pound three-star athlete from St. Mary’s in Orchard Lake, Mich. — announced that he’s going to announce his college decision on July 11.

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He picked up offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Illinois, Kansas, Kent State, Marshall, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Pitt, Princeton, Purdue, Rice, Toledo, West Virginia and Yale throughout his recruiting process.

Williams took official visits to Harvard (April 20), Kansas (June 7), Pitt (June 13-15) and Michigan State (June 21) earlier this year.

 

Archie Collins and Ryan Manalac, who has served as a key recruiter in Williams’ chase, went out to see him at St. Mary’s late last year and kicked off the relationship on a high note.

Williams has been able to learn more about Pittsburgh and the program during his time building a relationship with Collins and Manalac.

“I didn’t know a lot but I got to know a little bit, where their facilities are and stuff like that,” Williams said. “I know they practice by the Steelers and I know their culture over there is pretty good, college town and all that.”

The relationships will be important for Williams as Pitt continues to recruit him. He’s built a strong foundation with the Panthers, but he’s looking to see how it continues to play out.

Pitt is looking at Williams as an outside linebacker in the model of a Star. It’s common for the Panthers to recruit high school safeties and move them down into the box. It would be the same for Williams, but he’s in the unique position of being a legitimate wide receiver prospect, too.

“They see me as an outside linebacker, kind of hybrid player,” Williams said. “They said they like the way I can move and my physicality. They said even when I’m on the offensive side of the ball, I’m not scared to go run over somebody or even use a stiff arm or something like that.

“I know they like to go get the quarterback, and I like to get the quarterback as well, so I could see myself doing that. And adjust to that pretty well.”

247Sports rates Williams as the 930th-ranked recruit in the class (72nd-ranked athlete and 18th-ranked recruit from Michigan) while On3 rates him as the 827th-ranked recruit in the class (49th-ranked athlete and 18th-ranked recruit from Michigan).

Rivals hasn’t ranked Williams yet, but he holds a 5.6 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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