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Heel Tough Blog: 3✮ DL from Florida Chooses Tar Heels

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The Tar Heels have had a strong April on the 2024 recruiting trail and that continued on Monday afternoon.

2024 3✮ DL Peter Pesankey announced via his social media that he is committing to Carolina over his other finalist, Oklahoma. Pesankey visited Chapel Hill twice in a week and a half back in late February and early March before he took a trip out to Norman. Clearly the Tar Heel staff made the better impression.

Pesankey is entering his final season at Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL. This past year, he earned second team all-state and first team all-county honors after he finished with 99 total tackles, 27.0 tackles for loss and 17.0 sacks and 37 quarterback hurries. The year prior, as a sophomore, he had 85 total tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 25 quarterback hurries for a Tiger team that went 16-0 and took home the 6A state title and earned all-state honors as well. He was also incredibly impactful as a freshman, landing on the MaxPreps Freshman All-American second team and all-state honors again after racking up 72 total tackles, 17.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries.

Pesankey has made a living in the backfield and has the skillset to make that happen at the college level, as well. At 6’3, 276 lbs., he has a pretty good frame, especially if he is going to eventually end up playing inside. His ability to shed blocks is outstanding and his technical pass rushing techniques have to be some of the best in this class. He does a great job of mixing those pass rushing moves up and combines that with some nice short area quickness and burst. Physicality is not the way he wins most reps, but it’s not something that is completely foreign to him. Just like with many of the teams other commits in this class, figuring out where Pesankey will play will be important towards determining how big an impact he’ll be able to make at this level.

With his commitment, the Tar Heels now have twelve commitments in the class, nine of which come from outside the home state. The class now sits 11th overall in the class according to 247Sports Composite team rankings and 2nd in the ACC.


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