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Recapping the Three Pitt Commitments to Kick Off July



Pitt football target Denim Cook

Pitt had three chances to secure official visitors Monday, and Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff picked up pledges from all three targets in the class of 2025.

It was a good day for Narduzzi and the Panthers, bringing the class of 2025 up to 21 commitments — all three on the defensive side of the ball and offering plenty of intrigue.

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So, let’s take a look at Denim Cook, Cole Woodson and Joshua Guerrier a bit more closely.

Cook — a 6-foot-4, 220-pound three-star linebacker from Bishop Hartley in Columbus, Ohio — committed to Pitt Monday afternoon following a stellar official visit to Pittsburgh last month, he announced on Instagram.

He committed to Pitt over Virginia, after taking official visits to both programs and held additional offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, UMass, Miami (Oh.), Ohio, Purdue and Toledo.

“Looking ahead, I am excited to announce my commitment to the University of Pittsburgh,” Cook wrote on social media. “This is just the beginning of a new chapter, and I am eager to continue both academically and athletically at such a prestigious institution. I am confident that with the support of my coaches, family, and community, the best is yet to come.”

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, but it seems as though he could slide down and play on the defensive line, too.

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.

Woodson — a 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star defensive back from Battlefield in Haymarket, Va. — committed to Pitt Monday night, he announced on X (formerly known as Twitter).

He did have an official list of finalists but did take official visits to Duke, Pitt and Virginia Tech.

Woodson committed to the Panthers over offers from UConn, Duke, JMU, Minnesota, 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.

Guerrier — a 5-foot-9, 160-pound three-star athlete from Ocoee in Ocoee, Fla. — committed to Pitt following a strong official visit last month, he announced Monday on X (formerly known as Twitter).

He committed to Pitt over Iowa, Iowa State and USF, along with additional offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, FAU, Illinois, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, Temple, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.

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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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