It’s a busy time for Pat Narduzzi and his coaching staff. First off, they’re preparing for the upcoming season. They’re also out recruiting players for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Busy, busy, busy.
Running backs coach Andre Powell, Pitt’s recruiter for Maryland and the DC area, targeted a couple prospects and extended offers to them.
First offer went to Noah Taylor (6-4, 190), a sophomore linebacker/wide receiver from Avalon High School (Gaithersburg, Maryland).
“This being my first offer, I was extremely surprised. You work everyday and you hope and pray it pays off and it finally did!”, said Taylor.
“I come from little money so me being able to get my education for free is a huge blessing. Coach Powell offered me and wherever I end I will always respect this coach because he gave me a chance and that’s all I needed.”
Taylor tells me that Pitt is recruiting him as an outside linebacker and he’s glad about that. “Linebacker is the position I feel most comfortable at because of my speed coming off the edge and my ability to cover and tackle in space.”
“I’m happy it (the offer) came early so no matter what I have somewhere to go but I will definitely keep in my mind to always work and stay humble”, said Taylor.
The second player offered today was Cam Goode (6-0, 316) sophomore from St. John’s HS in Washington D.C
Like they were with Taylor, Pitt and Coach Powell were the first to offer Goode.
“As I received my first D-1 offer I just thought, my parents don’t have to pay for college”, said Goode. “I was just happy to get that stressful thought off of my mind and just continue my grind in the classroom and on the field.”
” When my teacher and administrator pulled me out of class and told me about the offer I was elated and eager! I almost couldn’t go back to class.”
“It was a major surprise, I thought the whole time I would get Temple or Robert Morris as my first offer and I got an ACC school! Pitt surprised me a lot”, said Goode.
The big defensive lineman tells me that Pitt is recruiting him as a nose guard and the 3 Tech position. Goode says that he was born to play football in the trenches.
Now that he has the offer from Pitt, he plans on doing research on the school and the football program. However, the one thing that he did know about Pitt is that one of his favorite players went there: Aaron Donald.
“Having this step wiped off my board is major. But nothing changes, I’m still going to work hard on and off the field. To keep the promise to my family and coaches.”