Pitt hosted a group of recruits for a visit over the weekend, and that group included a large contingent from Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia. The visit proved mutually beneficial for the Panthers staff and at least one of the visitors from across the state, as Imhotep safety Javon McIntyre announced his commitment to Pitt on Monday.
McIntyre holds three-star ratings from 247Sports and Rivals and drew scholarship offers from 14 programs. He chose Pitt over Boston College, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, as well as several other schools.
The 6’1”, 187-pound safety recorded 53 tackles over 13 games in his junior year, including six tackles for losses. He also recovered a fumble and returned it for a defensive touchdown. In 2018, he played a more limited role, taking part in just six games. But he still managed to amass 24 tackles and force a fumble.
McIntyre is the third member of Pitt’s 2021 recruiting class, as Pat Narduzzi previously secured commitments from three-star linebacker Nahki Johnson out of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, and four-star running back Rodney Hammond out of Norfolk, Virginia. He is also the first Pitt commit out of Philadelphia since two-star defensive end Hez Trahan out of the city's Roman Catholic High School committed to Pitt on Jan. 18, 2014.