2022 New Jersey CB Matthew Amofa commits to Pitt as favorite Walk-On

What do Erick Hallett and Matthew Amofa have in common? Both have recorded interceptions in league games in 2021, and now both will play Pitt in 2022.

Amofa (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), a wide receiver/cornerback at Hillsborough in Hillsborough, New Jersey, got his favorite offer from tight ends coach Tim Salem just under a week ago.

And Amofa made a commitment to Pitt on Wednesday night, announcing his decision via Twitter. Although not exactly in high demand as a rookie at Hillsborough, Amofa will be looking to live out his dream at the college level.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for putting me in this position, without him none of this would be possible,” Amofa wrote on Twitter. “I want to thank Coach Narduzzi and Coach Salem for giving me the opportunity to play at this level. I also want to thank my family, close friends and teammates for supporting me throughout. of this process, you all have helped me so much throughout the process, it has been one of my dreams to become a Power 5 athlete, and now my dreams are coming true, with that said, I will be ending my commitment and commit to the University of Pittsburgh #H2P!!!!!”

Amofa recorded 18 tackles (17 solo), one interception and defended 10 passes as a senior, helping lead Hillsborough to a 13-0 season and the NJSIAA South Group V Championship – including two passes defended and one interception.

A handful of local rookies have already signed up for Pitt as favorite extras since the end of the 2021 season, including Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock, Chartiers Valley’s Abe Ibrahim, Kiski Area’s Brock Wilkins and Central Catholic’s Josh Altsman.

Pitt’s defensive secondary will have to replace Damarri Mathis as he heads to the NFL, but the starting safety duo of Hallett and Brandon Hill returns. Marquis Williams is back after playing as a partner to Mathis in 2021, and younger guys like MJ Devonshire, AJ Woods and Jahvante Royal are competing to fill the hole in the secondary.

Amofa’s chances of breaking through the pack in 2022 are near impossible, but he will add secondary depth to the roster and look to grow in Pitt’s system in the years to come.

Pitt still has 86 scholarship players currently on the roster, with 85 the limit that must be reached before the 2022 season. With just three spring training sessions on the books, a lot could be decided in the coming weeks.

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