Throughout the month of June, the Pitt coaching staff will personally see hundreds of high school football players as they host four straight weekends of football camps. Some of those players already hold offers from Pitt. Other kids come to the South Side hoping to catch the eye of the Pitt staff in order to get a scholarship offer.
Mission accomplished for a lineman from New Jersey who got the phone call last night.
Owen Drexel (6-4, 280) is a center from Montclair, New Jersey who told me about the exciting phone call he received yesterday.
“Coach Narduzzi called my head coach John Fiore during practice and my coach pulled me out and handed me the phone,” said Drexel. “That’s when Coach Narduzzi told me I had an offer from Pitt. The feeling was just great! I love Pitt and Pitt football so it was such an honor to receive a scholarship.”
Although he was excited about it, the offer didn’t come as a total surprise.
“I was definitely expecting it. I left Pitt this weekend with a great feeling and I’ve been talking with Coach Peterson and Tim Salem a lot ever since.”
“My family was just proud and excited for my opportunity to become a Pitt Panther,” said Drexel.
I asked Drexel the strength of his game and what stands out to the coaches that he speaks with.
“I am being recruited as a center, the strength in my game is quickness, strength, intelligence, technique and pure physicality”, said Drexel.
Pitt joins Rutgers as the two Power 5 schools that have offered Drexel. Despite Rutgers being the hometown school, Narduzzi and Pitt seem to be in a good position.
“I’ve had a ton of interest in Pitt from the beginning. They’ve been a school I’ve kept a special place for. My college decision is going to be made before the season begins.”
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