Pat Narduzzi landed a big talent (Thomas MacVittie) from Moeller HS in Cincinnati, Ohio last season and is looking now to land another top flight prospect.
Aeneas Hawkins is a 2018 defensive tackle with an offer list that includes some of the biggest names in college football. Yesterday, Hawkins was on the South Side checking out the Pitt Panthers.
Hawkins (6-3, 260) tells me that he already has been offered by Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Kentucky and is getting interest from Penn State and Ohio State. The Panthers haven’t offered yet but that’s likely to change pretty soon.
Following his workout yesterday, where I’m told he was very impressive, I spoke with Hawkins about the day and his time in Pittsburgh.
“I’ve been working hard all year to get ready to camp at Pitt”, said Hawkins. “Before I started getting offers, Pitt was one of the main schools that I really wanted to get recruited by. I have a history at Pitt. My grandpa played there, my quarterback from this year (Thomas MacVittie) is a 2016 commit and my buddy, Exree Loe, is a Pitt 2017 commit. LaRod Stephens-Howlings is close to my family, we used to come watch him play all the time. It just made sense for me to go give Pitt a good look.”
Considering all this, an offer from Pitt would be really important to Hawkins.
“A Pitt offer would mean a lot to me. They’re a school that I’ve been following for a very long time. I think I showed the coaches a lot of good things during the drills. Hopefully that will be enough”, said Hawkins.
“I talked with Coach Sims after camp and he had a lot of good things to say about how I performed and how I should handle the recruiting process. I also talked briefly with Coach Narduzzi. He told me that he liked how I performed during the 1-on-1 drills.”
As of tonight, Narduzzi and his staff haven’t offered out any scholarships today from the workouts but I’d guess a player with Hawkins’ skill set isn’t going to have to wait long.
“A Pitt scholarship would mean a lot because I’m so familiar with the history there. I have family that played there and teammates and friends heading there. The chance to play with them is very important to me.”
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