Pitt secures verbal commitment from New Jersey defensive end Julian Anderson

The third of Pitt's five recent verbal commitments came Monday when three-star defensive end Julian “JuJu” Anderson announced on his X account that he plans to enroll next year.

Anderson (6'4″, 215 lbs) played the last two seasons at First Academy in Orlando, Florida, where he recorded 15 1/2 tackles for loss and five sacks, according to, in 2023. He plans to return to his native New Jersey to play his final season at Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ.

Anderson visited Pitt's campus and practice facilities over the weekend and said he was quickly won over by the program.

“As soon as I landed in Pittsburgh, I could feel the real love and family aspect that they brought,” he said. “That's really great for me and my family, as well as an overall great, high-energy coaching staff that I'm very excited to win games for.”

He said the opportunity to train alongside the Pittsburgh Steelers was a bonus.

“That's crazy in itself,” he said. “It's really a blessing to be able to see that almost every day.”

Pitt is one of 16 schools offering Anderson a scholarship, including Boston College, Duke, Navy, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi has verbal commitments from a total of eleven high school graduates for 2025, but only nine have publicly confirmed their choices.

Five young players confirmed their commitments over the weekend, including Anderson and two from Florida – tight end Max Hunt and wide receiver Ja'Kyrian Turner.

Jerry DiPaola has been a reporter for TribLive covering Pitt sports since 2011. A Pittsburgh native, he joined the Trib in 1993, first as an editor and page designer in the sports department and later as a reporter covering the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1994 to 2004. He can be reached at

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