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C.J. Beasley places Pitt in top three, sets decision date

The three-star running back will announce his decision on Friday

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Pitt target C.J. Beasley, a running back out of Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, revealed on Monday night that he plans on announcing his commitment on Friday afternoon. He will choose between Pitt, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, according to Matej Sis of 247Sports.

”I just want to thank the man up above for giving me this blessing to be in this position,” Beasley wrote in a message posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank all the schools that were recruiting me. This recruiting process has been amazing. This being said, I will be announcing my commitment on May 24 in the auditorium at Maury High School at 3 p.m. [ET].”

Beasley is considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals, and both sites rank him among the top 30 running backs in Virginia. In addition, 247Sports has him as the No. 86 running back in the nation. He received offers from Army, Navy and Rutgers relatively late in his recruitment, but they failed to gain ground on Beasley’s trio of finalists. Each of the three schools in the running offered the 5’9”, 170-pound running back in January.

Pitt and Virginia Tech both hosted Beasley for visits during his recruitment. His visit to Pittsburgh came in February, and he traveled to Blacksburg in January. He gave the program in his home state a positive review afterward.

In terms of fit, Pitt and Virginia Tech appear to be on equal footing, as both will have eight running backs on their rosters in 2019. Tennessee is at a disadvantage in that regard, as it will have 10. However, Beasley sounds confident in his ability to set himself apart from the pack wherever he ends up.

"Not trying to sound cocky, but I plan on being that guy at any school I go to," Beasley told Evan Watkins of 247Sports. "I plan on coming in and working hard to get a starting spot."