As we’ve been telling you, the Pitt football program under Pat Narduzzi is trying to expand their recruiting base.
While they continue to heavily recruit their core states of Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and New Jersey, the Panthers are also trying to make in roads in new places like Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
Pitt isn’t recruiting that state heavily but last year they landed talented linebacker Cam Bright and they’re involved with another talented player this year.
Cameron O’Neil is a big wide receiver (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) from Glenwood School in Phenix City, Alabama. Tonight, O’Neil announced his top five schools and it included Pitt.
O’Neil’s top five consisted of Pitt, Virginia, Illinois, Memphis and Troy with offers from Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.
Tonight, PSN talked to O’Neil and got the background to his recruitment since he’s a player we haven’t heard a lot about.
“As far as the type of receiver I am, I wouldn’t say I’m the flashiest receiver but I’m a player that will always get the job done, will always catch the ball when it’s thrown to me and I’m a receiver that’s consistent.”
“When I got the offer from Pitt, my high school coach told me about it and it was from Coach Sherman. Then, I called him and we had a phone conversation about football, the things I want to do after football and the things I wanted in a college,” said O’Neil.
The Alabama native tells PSN that he wants to pursue sports medicine in college and wants to have some sort of post football career in sports.
“As far as the college I pick, when I visit there, I want to feel like family on the visit. ”
Considering he’s from Alabama and has never been to Pittsburgh, I asked O’Neil why Pitt made his top five.
“I just have a gut feeling that Pitt is a place that I really need to look into, I need to get the coaches more. I just have a feeling that it could be the school for me,” said O’Neil.
O’Neil says that he’s currently making plans to make visits and will be scheduling a trip to Pittsburgh at the beginning of July.
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