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A Gut Feeling Told 3-Star DB Commit Joshua Guerrier Pitt Was It



Pitt commit Joshua Guerrier

Joshua Guerrier spent some time in Iowa last month, spending the weekend with the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones, and he ended the month back home in Florida, checking out the USF Bulls.

But it was his fourth visit (second, chronologically) that stood out.

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Guerrier — a 5-foot-11, 170-pound three-star athlete from Ocoee in Ocoee, Fla. — was in Pittsburgh from June 13-15, and while he didn’t commit during his visit, he knew Pitt was special. So, he checked out Iowa and then USF, and after those two visits, he knew Pitt was it.

“I just felt it in my gut,” Guerrier told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It was just a gut feeling, God gave me that feeling.”

He committed to Pitt on July 1 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.

The Pitt coaching staff didn’t need to do or say anything special either. Guerrier saw exactly how he fit not just on the field but in the program.

“For me, it’s not what they did, it’s how I saw the school and how I saw myself being there and making plays,” Guerrier said. “I can see myself definitely making plays, especially with the scheme they have. Their scheme fits me perfectly whether it’s free safety, field safety, so it was the scheme part. And the coaching staff.”

Guerrier did a little bit of everything during his junior season at Ocoee, playing just about every position offensively, but he’s coming to Pittsburgh as a safety — in the mold of an Errick Hallett or Damar Hamlin.

Cory Sanders likes that Guerrier offers a little bit of everything on the backend, likely able to play to the field or the boundary.

“I think because of my speed, my ability to break on the ball, the blitz package they have, the cover four, I know I’m a great man-to-man type of guy,” Guerrier said. “Plus having the ball in my hands at punt returner, I’m very elusive when I have the ball in my hands. That’s part of it, too.”

Fellow defensive back commit Shawn Lee was also in town with Guerrier, and he spent time with fellow Floridians P.J. O’Brien Jr. and Sincere Edwards.

“It was just getting along with the guys, seeing how I fit, them telling me how important — just gotta work, keep your head down and work,” Guerrier said. “So, I liked that part of it. They’re live, they love football, they’re trying to get something out of it, so that’s a big thing to me.”

Guerrier certainly worked 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, obviously, 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 42nd-ranked athlete and 85th-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.

Guerrier is one of the highest-ranked commits in the Pitt class of 2025, but even though he’s locked in his place, he’s not satisfied yet. He won’t be satisfied for a while.

“It means I accomplished getting to a school, the job’s not done yet,” Guerrier said. “So, I just can’t wait to get up there, ball out and make a name for myself. (Pitt fans are) getting a dog.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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