College football teams are in the final stretch of trying to add recruits to their 2016 recruiting class but also have their eye on 2017.
One local 2017 recruit that programs are starting to contact is Mitch DeZort.
DeZort (6-1, 205) is a highly accomplished outside linebacker for Highlands High School. DeZort was named 1st team all conference outside linebacker. He led Highlands in tackles (115), sacks (15) and broke the schools all-time sack record.
Its not a surprise that DeZort is getting plenty of interest from schools.
“I have been receiving interest from Temple, Army, Penn, Wake Forest, Virginia and Stanford. Actually, Stanford has shown the most interest and recently visited me at school a few weeks ago”, said DeZort.
So what type of feedback are these schools giving him?
“They are giving me great feedback saying that my highlight tape is very impressive, that I have great ball pursuit, have a great nose for the ball and have quick feet.”
DeZort tells me that schools are recruiting him as an outside linebacker. Schools feel he has the right frame and by the time he’s a freshman in college, he’ll have the perfect body size for the position.
So what about Pitt? Are they showing interest and what would it mean to get an offer from the hometown school?
“To get an offer from Pitt would be amazing”, said DeZort. “It would be a great feeling to know that your own hometown school believes in you and sees something in you. It would be awesome to be apart of the 412 Movement.”
“I’ve received some interest from them. A lot of their coaching staff followed me on Twitter and I attended the Notre Dame game as an unofficial visit. I have contacted Coach Narduzzi and Coach Harley and I believe that I’ll receive an offer but it’s hard to tell when”, said DeZort.
The Highlands linebacker went on to tell me that his mother is a Pitt alumni and also a lot of his close friends already have offers from Pitt like Paris Ford and his best friend Central Catholic’s David Adams.
During their freshman year, Ford and DeZort played together at Central Catholic before leaving for Seton LaSalle and Highlands.
“That year was a ton of fun. It would be fun playing together again.”
All DeZort can do now is wait and see which schools continue to pursue him and hopefully offer, which can be hard for a high school kid.
“This is a nervous time but at the same time I’m trying to enjoy it”, said DeZort. “It can be stressful at times but I know that the man above has a plan for me. My best friend (David Adams) has told me that they’ll come and to just be patient. Paris has also told me not to stress at all and that they’ll come. They are both keeping me calm throughout the process.”
Mitch DeZort is an athlete that I’m sure you’ll be hearing plenty about and we’ll update you on his recruiting journey.