The Pitt football program hosted their second camp of the summer. Here are some of the notes and interviews that I’ve gotten from today.
**Per Harry Psaros (@PittGuru) Pitt extended an offer to 2018 TE Kyle Pitts from Abington, PA. The offer from Pitt was the first Power 5 offer for Pitts (6-4, 230), his only offer thus far was from Temple.
— Harry G. Psaros (@PittGuru) June 12, 2016
**The two biggest names on the South Side today were 2018 TE Jeremy Ruckert and Aliquippa 2018 safety Kwantel Raines. This is the second weekend in a row that Raines was a visitor at Pitt. I asked Raines about that and where things stand with Pitt.
“I was out there with some of my friends because they had another camp”, said Raines. “I don’t have any leaders yet. I’m open to any one who comes by, anything is possible, LOL.”
UPDATE (11:02 PM)-
**Another player on campus that held an offer from Pitt was Lakewood, Ohio 2018 cornerback Michael Dowell. I spoke briefly with the hard-hitting safety (6-1, 190) after his visit.
“The reason I visited Pitt was to just get better today. I feel like I played and preformed really good. I worked out as a safety and cornerback which was pretty cool”, said Dowell.
“I talked a lot today to Coach Hill. We have a pretty good relationship because I talk to him often! I also met the whole staff and Coach Narduzzi.”
The 2018 safety tells me that he currently holds offers from Pitt, Bowling Green and Toledo and is receiving interest from Michigan State, Ohio State, West Virginia and Notre Dame.
“If I didn’t have this offer, Pitt would still be one of my top 7 schools! Pitt is an amazing place to be”, said Dowell. “I liked the Pitt campus, it is really cool! All of the hills and the scenery of everything was amazing!”
“Next up for me, I’m going to Ohio State on Tuesday, then next weekend Michigan and Michigan State and Notre Dame later in June.”
UPDATE (11:10 PM)-
**A local player that camped today at Pitt was Woodland Hills 2017 athlete Asheed Page-Jones. The middle linebacker (5-11, 195) currently holds one offer from Kentucky Christian University but was looking to impress the Panther coaches.
“I visited Pitt today because I wanted to match myself up against other players so I can prove that I am worthy of an offer and I feel like I did really well, hopefully the coaches saw that also. I know Pitt was a great camp to get exposure”, said Page-Jones.
“I spoke with Coach Harley about the linebacker position and my school he told me to “Stay in touch and he’ll see me again. I also spoke with Coach Denecke from Maine University, he asked me “What’s next for you?” I told him, “I will be attending RMU on the 14th and Duquesne camp on the 16th.” He said ” The only thing about our camps they aren’t on campus. We need to get you up for a visit sometime after the dead period”, we started to plan a visit.”
“I currently have one offer from Kentucky Christian University”, said Page-Jones. “My recruitment is definitely starting to heat up. The teams showing me the most interest right now are Maine, Edinboro, Cal U, Duquesne, and KCU is making sure I stay in touch.”
I asked Page-Jones to describe himself as a player.
“I would have to say my biggest strength on the field is hustling. I will always go 110% on a play and never give up on a play. At the linebacker position I fill holes and I read the QB very well so I can make plays on the ball. Finally, I feel like I’m a versatile guy I can play many positions on the field pretty much how I was utilized last season.”
It goes without saying, an offer from Pitt would be huge for this local product.
“I’m very interested in Pitt,” said Page-Jones. “I would love to have the opportunity to play for my city. What caught my eye the most is how the coaching staff makes you feel at home, like family. ”
“It would mean a lot to receive an offer from Pitt! It’s been my dream since I was a kid to be able to perform and put on for my hometown team.”