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Pitt Flips Syracuse Commit, Lands 2025 Specialist

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Pitt LS commit Henry Searcy

Pitt revamped the long snapping room over the offseason with a couple of portal additions, and there will be a new face entering the fold in 2025.

Henry Searcy — a 6-foot-3, 180-pound long snapper from Chiles High in Tallahassee, Fla. — flipped his commitment Wednesday from Syracuse to Pitt, announcing the decision on Instagram. He committed to the Panthers over an additional offer from Memphis.

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“After a lot of thought and consideration I have decided to decommit from Syracuse,” Searcy wrote on Instagram. “I want to thank Coach Vollono for the opportunity. With that said I will be committing to Pittsburgh. Go Panthers.”

Searcy is rated as a five-star long snapper by Kohl’s Professional Camps, checking in as the eighth-ranked long snapper in the class. Kohl’s is a well-regarded specialist camp series that focuses on punters, kickers and long snappers.

“Searcy snaps one of the tightest rotating footballs in the country regardless of class,” Kohl’s wrote in its evaluation of Searcy. “He has been one of the top performers across the country at every Kohl’s Snapping Camp he attends. At the Kohl’s Southern Showcase, he finished with an average snap time of .68 seconds and put five of his nine scoring snaps through the target.

“Searcy is long and uses his levers to his advantage through his snapping motion. The sky is the limit for this young man and will be an asset for whichever program is fortunate enough to gain a commitment.”

He’s a nice pickup for the Panthers, and he appears to be a preferred walk-on with the Panthers, too.

Incumbent long snapper Byron Floyd entered the transfer portal following the 2023 season, transferring to Buffalo after two seasons as the starter, and Pitt added two new snappers from the portal.

The special teams unit was a mixed bag in 2023, primarily at punter where Caleb Junko struggled mightily down the stretch, but the entire operation — outside of Ben Sauls — never seemed to be clicking. And changes were necessary.

Nilay Upadhyuyula arrived from UConn, and Nico Crawford arrived from Charlotte, and they both have multiple seasons of eligibility remaining. Searcy will likely enter the fold as the heir apparent, able to spend a season learning at the college level before taking over himself.

Regardless, it’s a solid addition — the second specialist added this summer, joining former JUCO punter Cade Dowd.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
12 days ago

Yesss!!!!! Long snapper, take that Memphis

Randino
Randino
12 days ago

Aren’t you always telling us how difficult it is to recruit against Syracuse?

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
12 days ago
Reply to  Randino

seriously, if you are trying to flip long snappers from Syracuse then I don’t know what to tell you.

Nonya
Nonya
12 days ago

Are you looking forward to your bronze trophy this season again?

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
12 days ago
Reply to  Nonya

you mean the college football playoff?

Pitt Fan
Pitt Fan
12 days ago

Imagine a life so lonely and void of anything that contributes to society in a positive way, that you daily watch a fan page of a team that you don’t like, just to fill time.
What a sad existence.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
12 days ago
Reply to  Pitt Fan

Imagine replying to me, oooof

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
11 days ago

180 Lbs??

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katuracassells@gmail.com
10 days ago

I am glad we added a punter. The punt game must improve or else.

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