Pitt landed a local recruit on Friday, as Sean FitzSimmons out of Central Valley High School in Monaca announced his commitment to the program. The pledge was the third Pitt received from a 2022 recruit, as the program previously secured commitments from defensive prospects Aveon Grose and Elijah Statham.
"I'd like to thank my family, especially my parents, for all they have done for me my entire life," FitzSimmons wrote in a message posted on Twitter. "I'd also like to thank Coach Lyons [and] the Central Valley coaching staff and administration for providing me the opportunity to be part of an unbelievable football program. Lastly, I'd like to thank all the college coaches that took time to recruit me. With that being said, I'm extremely blessed and excited to announce that I've committed to Pitt."
The 6’3”, 274-pound defensive lineman holds three-star ratings from 247Sports and Rivals. The former considers him the No. 61 defensive tackle in the 2022 class and the No. 19 Pennsylvania recruit. The latter ranks him as the No. 22 prospect in the Keystone State.
FitzSimmons drew 19 offers during his recruitment, with all three service academies and multiple suitors from the Ivy League and MAC pursuing him over the last several months. In addition to beating out eight of the 12 programs in the MAC, Pitt also got the best of ACC rivals Duke, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
In 2020, FitzSimmons was a key contributor on a Central Valley team that went a perfect 12-0. As a starter on the Warriors defensive line, he accrued 112 tackles, including 18 sacks and 36 tackles for losses. He also recorded one forced fumble and 48 quarterback hurries.
Given his achievements in the WPIAL, FitzSimmons has the potential to be a star at the next level despite a general lack of interest from Power Five programs beyond the ACC. And if any coaching staff in the country can get the most out of his impressive skill set, it’s Pat Narduzzi's staff at Pitt. So it seems Pitt and FitzSimmons may well be a perfect match.