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Pitt’s Early Letter-of-Intent Signees

Here is a look at the Pitt Panthers National Letter-of-Intent Signees signed so far. Some nice pieces for the Panthers, but I do believe after winning the ACC Championship the Panthers are going to start seeing more and more talent come to the Steel City.

Pitt Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School/Last School

Ryan Baer OL 6-6 335 Eastlake, OH/North

Jordaan Bailey RB 5-10 185 Tampa, FL/Hillsborough

Addison Copeland III WR 6-2 175 Buffalo, NY/Western New York Maritime Charter

Sean FitzSimmons DL 6-3 290 Monaca, PA/Central Valley

Ryland Gandy DB 6-0 170 Buford, GA/Buford

Kyle Louis LB 5-11 200 East Orange, NJ/ East Orange Campus

Isaiah Montgomery OL 6-4 290 Virginia Beach, VA/Landstown

Che Nwabuko WR 5-10 165 Austin, TX/Manor

Samuel Okunlola DL 6-4 225 Brockton, MA/Thayer Academy

Marquan Pope LB 6-1 210 Denton, TX/John H. Guyer

Jimmy Scott DL 6-2 250 Cheektowaga, NY/St. Francis

Sam Vander Haar P 6-0 180 Kew, Victoria (Australia)/Box Hill Senior Secondary College

Ryan Baer, OL, 6-6, 335, Eastlake, OH/North Highly coveted offensive lineman who garnered more than 24 scholarship offers…selected first team All-Ohio Division II by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association…first team Northeast Lakes All-District…first team News Herald All-Star…as a senior, earned a 91% blocking grade while compiling 78 knockdowns…rated Ohio’s No. 11 overall prospect by ESPN, No. 14 by Rivals and No. 15 by 247Sports…played under Coach Shawn Dodd.

Jordaan Bailey, RB, 5-10, 185, Tampa, FL/Hillsborough Highly productive running back at Florida’s Hillsborough High School, where over three varsity seasons he compiled 2,867 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns…led team to a 10-3 record and the Florida 6A playoffs as a senior…rated one of Florida’s top 55 overall prospects by 247Sports…played under Coach Earl Garcia Jr.

Addison Copeland III, WR, 6-2, 175, Buffalo, NY/Western New York Maritime Charter

Considered the top wide receiver prospect in the state of New York…starred for co-op program Western New York Maritime Charter/Health Sciences…an all-purpose threat on offense who also excelled as a defensive back…led team to a 10-3 record and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinals…first team All-Western New York…rated New York’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247Sports, No. 5 by Rivals and No. 7 by ESPN…played under Coach Ty Parker.

Sean FitzSimmons, DL, 6-3, 290, Monaca, PA/Central Valley

Four-year starter who earned status as one of Pennsylvania’s elite defensive linemen…finished his career with more than 100 tackles for loss and nearly 50 sacks…had 100 total tackles in each of his final two seasons despite facing constant double teams…led Central Valley to 27 consecutive wins to close his prep career, including a 7-0 victory over Wyomissing Area that clinched the Warriors’ second straight PIAA Class 3A championship…recipient of the Bill Fralic Memorial Award, presented to the WPIAL’s top interior lineman and named after the legendary Pitt offensive tackle…Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Fabulous 22”…Northwestern Six Defensive MVP…rated Pennsylvania’s No. 21 overall prospect by Rivals and 247Sports and No. 23 by ESPN…played under Coach Mark Lyons.

Ryland Gandy, DB, 6-0, 170, Buford, GA/Buford

Cornerback prospect who starred for perennial Georgia power Buford…held nearly 20 Power Five scholarship offers…helped lead team to three consecutive 6A championships…All-Region 8-AAAAAA honoree…rated one of Georgia’s top 40 overall prospects by ESPN…played under Coach Bryant Appling.

Kyle Louis, LB, 5-11, 200, East Orange, NJ/East Orange Campus

Hard-hitting linebacker who led East Orange to a 13-0 record and the North Jersey, Group 5 Regional Championship…in the title game, a 30-24 win over Clifton in triple overtime, Louis collected a game-high 11 tackles (all solo) with a forced fumble…in the semifinals, had a 70-yard punt return that broke a scoreless tie early in the fourth quarter, sparking East Orange to a 14-0 win over West Orange…on the season, collected 118 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception…rated New Jersey’s No. 10 overall prospect by Rivals, No. 26 by 247Sports and No. 27 by ESPN…played under Coach Rae Oliver.

Isaiah Montgomery, OL, 6-4, 290, Virginia Beach, VA/Landstown

Earned stature as one of Virginia’s top offensive linemen…three-time All-Beach District…first team Class 6 All-Region A…first team All-Tidewater…rated Virginia’s No. 18 overall prospect by Rivals, No. 29 by ESPN and No. 31 by 247Sports…played under Coach Tommy Reamon.

Che Nwabuko, WR, 5-10, 165, Austin, TX/Manor

Dynamic all-purpose player who excelled as a receiver, running back and return specialist…compiled more than 1,000 all-purpose yards each of the past two years and had 2,984 over his three-year varsity career…district’s Utility Player of the Year…as a senior receiver, had 45 catches for 739 yards (16.4 avg.) and eight touchdowns…also rushed for 215 yards on 41 carries (5.2 avg.) and a score…led Manor to a 9-3 record and the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs…played under Coach James Keller.

Samuel Okunlola, DL, 6-4, 225, Brockton, MA/Thayer Academy

Highly regarded edge rusher with more than 50 scholarship offers from across the country…All-New England…All-Independent School League (ISL)…ISL Co-Most Valuable Player…a two-way player for Thayer Academy…compiled 49 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries…averaged 31.7 yards per reception as a tight end (222 yards on seven catches)…rated Massachusetts’ No. 2 overall prospect by Rivals, No. 5 by 247Sports and No. 6 by ESPN…played under Coach Jeff Toussaint.

Marquan Pope, LB, 6-1, 210, Denton, TX/John H. Guyer

Standout safety for Texas state championship finalist John H. Guyer…has three interceptions, including a “pick six”…Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 6A preseason all-state selection…as a junior, was named third team all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association…All-District 5-6A…team is currently 14-1 and will play in the Texas Class 6A Division II championship against Westlake on Dec. 18…played under Coach Rodney Webb.

Jimmy Scott, DL, 6-2, 250, Cheektowaga, NY/St. Francis

The top defensive end prospect in the state of New York…compiled 43 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble on defense…as a running back on offense, scored seven touchdowns (six rushing and one receiving)…finalist for the Trench Trophy, presented to Western New York’s Lineman of the Year…first team All-Western New York…rated New York’s No. 3 overall prospect by Rivals and 247Sports and No 5 by ESPN…played under Coach Jerry Smith.

Sam Vander Haar, P, 6-0, 180, Kew, Victoria (Australia)/Box Hill Senior Secondary College

Continues Pitt’s Australian punter connection following the career of Kirk Christodoulou, the Panthers’ starting punter the past four seasons…like Christodoulou, Vander Haar worked with the renowned Prokick Australia program that has produced many successful collegiate and NFL punters…Prokick Australia’s “exports” include Minnesota Vikings punter Jordan Berry, the San Francisco 49ers’ Mitch Wishnowsky, the Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Dickson as well as the Houston Texans’ Cameron Johnston.

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