Back in March, Pitt made the top seven of Jordan Oladokun, a cornerback out of Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida, and over the weekend, Oladokun trimmed his list down to four. Pitt was included among the four finalists, as were Iowa, Kansas State and Louisville.
The top four is unusual, as it only includes two members of Oladokun’s previously released top seven. Programs from the top seven that are no longer in the running include Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Kansas State and Louisville made the cut despite late offers. And the only programs included in both the top seven and the top four were Iowa and Pitt.
The 5’11”, 185-pound defensive back holds three-star ratings from 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. Rivals has Oladokun ranked as the No. 44 cornerback in the 2021 class, but 247Sports has him ranked at No. 104 at his position. Those rankings are down from March, when Rivals had Oladokun at No. 41 and 247Sports placed the cornerback at No. 94.
In 2019, Oladokun made an impact in all three phases of the game for Gaither. He was solid defensively, as he recorded two interceptions and 20 tackles. On offense, he amassed 532 receiving yards and scored six touchdowns. And on special teams, Oladokun added an additional 380 yards on kick returns.
Given his versatile skill set, Oladokun’s appeal to Pitt is fairly clear. The team will have a need at his primary position upon his arrival, as Damarri Mathis and Jason Pinnock will both exhaust their eligibility in 2020. Meanwhile, Pitt recently lost wide receiver and primary kick returner Maurice Ffrench to graduation, and if his successors in those roles struggle, an opening could exist for Oladokun.