Elliot Donald and Dorien Ford were two defensive tackles that Pitt was able to add to their list in December, and they are in a position to add another, potentially soon.
2022 3-star defensive device CJ Doggette (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) of Pickerington, Ohio released a top six including Pitt, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, West Virginia, and Washington State. Getting Doggette’s first cut is important as he plans to make his decision in the near future.
“I plan to make a final decision on March 6th, my mother’s birthday,” Doggette told PSN after posting his top 6.
Doggette is one player who the Pitt program has shown has a serious interest in landing. When the programs first began contacting Class 2022 players on September 1, Pat Narduzzi and then Pitt assistant Rob Harley were the first coaches to contact Doggette at midnight.
Pittsburgh Sports Now got the chance to catch up with this versatile defender to worry about Pitt and what impressed him most and why they made his cut.
“Pitt made my top 6 because they make a great defender and together they make a great program,” said Doggette. “What the Pitt Defensive Lineman do while they’re in college is insane, and being able to produce a good D-Lineman is an important part of me.”
“The coaching team and I have a good relationship too and that’s a big part of my upcoming final decision. Coach Harley was my main recruiter, but I’ve been more in touch with Coach Partridge since he left. He’s a great coach and it shows in the statistics for his defense line every match day. I’ve been in touch with Pitt since September 1st and we text messages every other week. “
hudle updated … full link in bio … DT, DE and NG pic.twitter.com/x6ZNEgTYZe
– CJ Doggette Jr. (@ cjdoggette_2022) January 15, 2021
Doggette has played several positions at Pickerington Central High School. During his sophomore season, Doggette played mostly defensively, but last season he switched to defensive tackles because that is exactly what he intends to do in college.
Despite being relatively close to Pittsburgh, the Ohio native tells PSN that he never visited Pitt but planned to do so before recruiting stopped last March.