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William King IV commits to Pitt as preferred walk-on

The defensive end out of Michigan had 20 tackles for losses in 2019

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William King IV, a defensive end and linebacker out of Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan, announced his commitment to Pitt over the weekend as a preferred walk-on. The under-the-radar recruit is coming off a productive senior year in the Wolverine State.

”I’m extremely excited to announce I will be continuing my football career at Pitt,” King wrote in a Twitter post. “Thank you all coaches, teammates and friends for everything.”

King was not evaluated by 247Sports, ESPN or Rivals, and he was not assigned a star rating by any of the recruiting websites. However, during his senior season with the Holland Christian Maroons, he amassed 91 tackles, including 20 tackles for losses and three safeties, as well as four forced fumbles, and that led to attention from multiple schools.

The 6’4”, 240-pound recruit drew interest from the likes of Charleston Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Northern Illinois, Northern Michigan and Valparaiso. He then visited Pittsburgh on Saturday, according to The D Zone, and publicly announced his decision that afternoon.

At Pitt, King could potentially compete for playing time at linebacker but could also provide depth as a defensive lineman or see action on special teams. He joins a growing corps of preferred walk-ons in Pitt's 2020 class that also includes Jehvonn Lewis, Anthony Priore and Gusty Sunseri.