Pitt landed its sixth recruit of the 2022 class on Monday afternoon, as Jimmy Scott, a defensive end from the Buffalo, New York, area, committed to the program following a visit to the school and its facilities over the weekend. Scott was previously committed to Tennessee but reopened his recruitment in January.
"I want to give a huge thank you to Coach Narduzzi, Coach Partridge and the staff for believing in me throughout this process," Scott said in a message posted on Twitter. "With that being said, I am proud to announce that I will be committing to the University of Pittsburgh."
The 6’3”, 250-pound defensive end plays at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York, and he holds three-star ratings from Rivals and 247Sports. Both recruiting websites consider him the No. 3 recruit in the Empire State in the 2022 class, but they differ on his position ranking. Rivals ranks him as the No. 41 defensive end, while 247Sports places him at No. 78 among defensive linemen.
During his recruitment, Scott drew 18 offers. In addition to Tennessee, Pitt beat out Arizona State, Arkansas, Duke, Illinois, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Syracuse and Texas A&M for Scott. Boston College, Rutgers and West Virginia were also heavily in the mix for Scott, with offers extended and visits lined up. And although Scott visited Piscataway a week before coming to Pittsburgh, he would announce his commitment before planned trips to Chestnut Hill and Morgantown.
Prior to transferring to St. Francis, Scott played at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, New York, as a defensive end and running back. With the Marauders, he was known for his speed and skill, as his 40-yard-dash time was clocked at 4.7 seconds and he averaged 6.8 yards per carry. Scott also had a nose for the end zone, as he scored 15 touchdowns in 19 games. And on the defensive line last season, the promising recruit had 4.5 sacks.
At Pitt, the hope is that Scott can work his way onto a defensive line that has been the strength of the team for the last couple of seasons and figures to be loaded with talent for years to come. Elliot Donald and Dorien Ford will join the position group this year, and Dayon Hayes is already on campus competing for reps with the likes of Deslin Alexandre, Keyshon Camp and Devin Danielson. So the impact Scott will have will depend on his ability to distinguish himself within that group. But given his size and defensive awareness, he has the potential to turn some heads.