Official visitors weren’t the only recruits that the Pitt football staff hosted on Saturday.
2025 4-star safety Tony Williams spent the day with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, secondary coach Archie Collins and other Pitt staff members on the South Side for an unofficial visit.
Williams is from Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla. and holds Power Five offers from Pitt, Penn State, Rutgers, Louisville, Kentucky, Central Florida, Purdue and USC. 247 Sports currently ranks Williams as the No. 11 safety and the No. 151 overall prospect in the Class of 2025.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Williams Saturday evening to hear about his visit and what brought him to Pittsburgh.
“Coach Partridge previously came to my school and showed me so good love so I definitely wanted to come check out his school and get a good look at Pitt and see if they could be a part of my future,” Williams said. “I wanted to get an early look at Pitt and see what they have to offer, check out the guys and see what the culture of the team is like.”
Williams was also joined by his high school teammate at Palm Beach Central, Nedrick Boldin, Jr., who is a sophomore wide receiver with offers from Pitt, Akron, Florida Atlantic and UMass.
“I liked what I saw,” Williams said. “I seen that they share a lot of things with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they have a good connection with the next level. When I was there, the coaches were already treating me like family. Me and Nedrick [Boldin Jr.] were there, and they were showing us both straight love. They were asking us a lot of questions; we got a good photo shoot in and showed us all around the facility. It was a real nice day.”
Aside from talking with Partridge, who is his chief recruiter, Williams spent some time with Collins and learned about the Panthers defense.
“He’s a real good guy,” Williams said. “We sat there and watched some film, and he was showing me certain things they do on defense, the type of defense they run and the strong history they have of getting guys to the league (NFL), like Damar Hamlin and others. Pitt’s scored a lot of touchdowns on defense, which is good. Coach showed me a lot of stuff about their defense that most players wouldn’t see. Coach Collins is a real cool guy.”
Williams is only a sophomore and many of the top programs in the country will place a large emphasis in recruiting him heavily going forward, so it was key for Pitt to get him on campus early and try to make some impression on him.