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Receiver Leon Haughton Jr. places Pitt in top seven

The 6'4", 200-pound pass-catcher is a native of Pittsburgh, and he amassed 600 yards in his last complete season

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Pittsburgh native Leon Haughton Jr., a wide receiver currently playing at Benedictine College Preparatory School in Richmond, Virginia, revealed his top seven on Friday, and Pitt made the cut. The programs rounding out the top seven are Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The 6’4”, 200-pound receiver holds three-star ratings from 247Sports and Rivals. The former ranks him as the No. 77 wide receiver in the 2022 class and the No. 19 prospect in Virginia. The latter has not assigned him a positional ranking but ranks him No. 21 in Virginia.

Over the course of his recruitment, Haughton drew a total of 16 offers, 13 of which came from Power Five programs. The recruit’s most notable cuts included Arkansas, Boston College, Duke, Kentucky and Wake Forest.

In 2019, Haughton’s last full season at Benedictine, the receiver amassed 600 yards and seven touchdowns on 30 catches and played a key role in the Cadets’ 9-2 campaign. And for his efforts, Haughton won honorable mention for all-state honors. Unfortunately, Benedictine’s 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Haughton still helped the team to a 3-0 record.

Pitt has been known more for its defense than its offense in recent years, but with two former four-star quarterbacks waiting in the wings to succeed Kenny Pickett and some promising receivers already on the roster, the program has much to offer Haughton. With that said, no leader has emerged in his recruitment, and it is unclear when a commitment may come.