Over the weekend, Pitt became a finalist for a number of promising recruits, including Quan Lee, a wide receiver out of F.W. Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida. Lee placed Pitt in his top 12 on Saturday, alongside a few familiar rivals and a handful of ACC programs.
Alongside Pitt in Lee’s top 12 are Coastal Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, South Carolina, Troy, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. And some of the programs cut from contention were Florida Atlantic, Kentucky, Tennessee and UCF.
The 6’0”, 175-pound wide receiver holds three-star ratings from 247Sports and Rivals, both of which count him among the top 80 recruits in the talent-rich state of Florida. In addition, 247Sports ranks Lee as the No. 79 receiver in the 2022 class, but ESPN has yet to rate him.
As a junior at Buchholz in 2020, Lee put together an impressive campaign, racking up 916 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 44 catches. And with his help, his team played to an 8-2 record and was ranked as the No. 29 team in the Sunshine State. That represented a total 180 from 2019, when Buchholz went 2-8. But Lee was still productive, as he contributed 554 yards and four scores on 21 receptions.
Pitt is in need of playmakers like Lee, as it is attempting to install a pass-heavy attack under Panthers offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. So far, it has had success with pass-catchers like Jordan Addison and D.J. Turner putting on solid showings in 2020, and with two former four-star quarterbacks competing to succeed Kenny Pickett, the team’s aerial attack could become quite potent in the coming years if the program can add some prospects like Lee.