Jeff Capel and the Pitt coaching staff have been focused on adding to their frontcourt this offseason, as they’ve notably been in pursuit of 2019 recruits Khadim Sy, Olivier Robinson-Nkamhoua and Emmanuel Ugboh. However, they are also looking to add some size via the 2020 class. One of their targets is 6’11”, 230-pound center Clifford Omoruyi out of Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, and he will be taking an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh this weekend.
Andrew Slater of The Athletic was the first to report on Omoruyi’s visit, as he passed along the update in a tweet overnight. He also noted that the visit would begin on Friday.
Omoruyi is a consensus four-star recruit at center, and every major recruiting website ranks him among the top 75 players in the 2020 class. ESPN and Rivals both rank him as the No. 56 player in the country for 2020, while 247Sports has him at No. 74. So far in his recruitment, he has drawn offers from the likes of Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Miami, NC State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UConn, UMass and West Virginia.
The native of Nigeria has already paid visits to NC State, North Carolina, Seton Hall, Rutgers, UConn, UMass and West Virginia, according to Rivals analyst Eric Bossi. However, as of late January, he said he had no clear front-runner.
Omoruyi prides himself on his rebounding and blocking ability, and he has the power to be a force on offense once that aspect of his game becomes more developed. And because of those promising qualities, Pitt has been fixated on the talented recruit since late 2018, according to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.
“Cliff’s upside is extremely high,” Roselle Catholic head coach Dave Boff told Zagoria. “He is still developing his game and getting better every day. He is going to be very special.”