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MacVittie on Canada/Chaney



Since the departure of former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, many Pitt fans wondered about the reaction from prized 2016 recruit Thomas MacVittie.

The quarterback from Moeller, Ohio was Pitt’s second recruit for the 2016 Class and a big fan of Chaney.

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“It was shocking. My first thought was Chaney recruited me to Pitt and now he’s gone”, said MacVittie.

Then the quarterback told me something surprising.

“I still haven’t gotten a phone call from him.”

He might not have heard from Chaney but he’s been on the phone with Pat Narduzzi quite a bit over the last few weeks.

In fact, since Chaney left for Georgia, Narduzzi has called MacVittie almost every day reinforcing to him how important he is to the Pitt program.

“Him calling has been extremely important to me. Coach Narduzzi is a great coach and a fantastic man. The thing I love about him is how personable he is”, said MacVittie. “He’s showed me that he has wanted me as much as Coach Chaney did and it wasn’t just Chaney’s call on me, it was through him.”

Over the last few weeks, Narduzzi hadn’t been the only coach that’s called the 4-star quarterback.

Get this, LSU, USC and Missouri have called MacVittie trying to get him to drop his commitment to Pitt. Some of the schools were more persistent than others.   They all told him to drop his commitment and he’d become their guy. MacVittie refused and stayed loyal to his 9 month commitment to the Panthers.

The first call that new offensive coordinator Matt Canada made was to MacVittie who liked what he heard.

“Coach Canada seems like a perfect fit for the job. He’s someone who players and fans need to be excited about”, said MacVittie.

“His message to me was that he is excited for me and can’t wait to coach me.”

MacVittie will meet Canada for the first time this Thursday as the new offensive boss will be making a trip to Cincinnati to talk more with his future quarterback.


Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker

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