Tee Denson, a cornerback out of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia, announced his commitment to Pitt on Monday morning, solving the mystery of who one of the two unclaimed Pat signals that went up over the weekend belong to. He is the fourth recruit to officially commit to the Panthers since Sunday and the seventh recruit in their 2020 class.
I wasn't made for no casket or no prison cell ....— ²¹ (@TeeDenson) June 17, 2019
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"I want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for putting me in the position I am today," Denson wrote in a message posted on Twitter. "I also would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and teammates for pushing me to be my best on and off the field. With that being said, I'm excited to announce that I'm committed to the University of Pittsburgh."
Denson holds three-star ratings from ESPN and Rivals, and he reeled in a total of 28 offers during his recruitment, including six from Power Five programs. Pitt most notably beat out Boston College, Houston, Michigan State, Minnesota and Rutgers for Denson’s services in addition to five other finalists in a top 10 that Denson released on May 31.
As a sophomore, Denson racked up 29 total tackles, five interceptions, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He followed that up with 26 solo tackles and 15 assisted tackles in his junior season, and he continued to come up with impactful plays, including a pick he returned for 20 yards.
The addition of the 6’1”, 175-pound defensive back represents a step toward addressing the looming losses of seniors Damar Hamlin and Dane Jackson in Pitt’s defensive backfield. It also provides a team that ranked 46th nationally in pass defense in 2018 with a much-needed playmaker.
Denson joins a 2020 class that also includes wide receiver Jaylen Barden, defensive end Emmanuel Belgrave, athlete Solomon DeShields, linebacker Bangally Kamara, offensive lineman Michael Statham and defensive end Sam Williams, all of whom are also considered three-star recruits.