Time to get another week started but we wanted to thank everyone for yesterday. On a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, our readers took the time to visit our website and many did! PSN registered its highest numbers ever for Sunday. Thank you!
UPDATE (7:44 AM)-
**One player that I know the Pitt coaches were excited to get on campus was Ohio native Josiah Scott. The talented 2017 cornerback is down to 3 schools (Pitt, West Virginia and Iowa) and spent Sunday in Pittsburgh.
“I visited Pitt because they’re one of my top schools,” said Scott. “I’ve been talking to their coaches and commits a lot and they wanted to get me down sometime soon and they said today (Sunday) was a perfect day to come.”
Despite being from Ohio, surprisingly it was Scott’s first visit ever to Pittsburgh. The Pitt coaching staff is hoping that it isn’t his last.
“It was my first time visiting and the city was great! The scenery is astonishing and not many universities are located in a city like Pitt.”
The weather wasn’t the only thing perfect yesterday as I asked Scott how he’d grade his visit to Pitt. Looks like Pat Narduzzi and company were pretty good hosts.
“I would grade the day a ’10’ because they gave me the whole scoop and didn’t really leave anything out. They showed me the facilities, met the coaches, saw the academic side of it, showed me places to visit and toured the whole city,” said Scott. “My favorite part was getting on the field and actually working with the coaches. I enjoyed getting a feel for them and how they coach.”
“I talked to Coach Narduzzi, Coach Hill, Coach Peterson the most today. It was getting to know each other a little bit and having a little fun cracking jokes and getting away from the football part of things”, said Scott. “But when we talked about football we talked how I would fit in the system and how it’s a great place to come with excellent resources to get me to the next level in life in whatever that may be.”
Good news for Pitt, even before leaving the campus, Scott decided that he didn’t want Sunday to be his last visit to Western Pennsylvania.
“I’ve already decided that I’ll most likely take an official visit back so I can bring my family to check it out and be around the coaches a little more and learn more about the school. I was originally planning July 30th for my decision but I don’t know if that’ll happen so I’m just going along with the process and see where I’m at by the time it gets late July. I know for sure I want to make a commitment before my senior season starts so I can focus on it and help my team make a run for the championship,” said Scott.
UPDATE (8:26 AM)-
**This weekend was not only about trying to land recruits for this year’s class it was also to try to lay the foundation for future classes. A talented prospect from the Class of 2018 and who holds an offer from Pitt visited the South Side.
Defensive tackle Cam Goode (6-0, 321) from St. John’s High School in Washington DC spent the weekend with the Pitt coaches. Currently, this big defensive lineman holds offers from Pitt, Wake Forest and Toledo.
“Pitt was sending nothing but positives vibes and by having an extremely experienced coaching staff, it gave me nothing but a positive outlook. That’s an environment that I want to be surrounded by,” said Goode.
“That was my first to Pitt but I’ll coming up either late July or early August. But from the way my friends who were here see it, they loved it and are telling me to commit.”
“I love the Pitt coaches! Coach Powell is a wonderful guy and I love speaking to him! He’s extremely funny also. From the coaching standpoint, he is going to push you and make sure you’re going 120% percent and maintaining that dog effort,” said Goode.
“I’m not going to lie but committing to Pitt is on my mind day in and day out but it’s a little early being just a sophomore, but when it comes to that time, Pitt will be a top contender, #H2P!”
UPDATE (4:27 PM)-
**Ryan Solt is an offensive lineman from Wilkes-Barre and this weekend he came to Pittsburgh looking to earn a scholarship offer. Solt (6-3, 290) is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals and holds offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Syracuse.
“Yesterday was a great day! I feel that I performed really well and I think Coach Pete liked my technique and my foot speed,” said Solt.
“I wanted to leave Pittsburgh with an offer of-course but I hope to get one in the near future. They said they’d look over the film of practice and hopefully they liked my performance enough to offer me.”
Solt told me that his recruit is Coach Salem, who he called a classy guy and stressed how much he enjoyed working with Coach Peterson.
“Pitt would be right at the top of my list if they offered! I’m a Steelers and Penguins fan, I love the city of Pittsburgh and I love everything that Pitt has to offer,” said Solt.
Good luck to Ryan Solt and I’m rooting for him to receive an offer from Pitt!
UPDATE (4:47 PM)-
**Like Ryan Solt, New Jersey tight end Cameron Lipton-Martinez was also looking to impress the Pitt coaches and earn an offer from the Panthers.
Lipton-Martinez came with and is teammates with Pitt commit OL Owen Drexel. Tight end is a need position for Pitt so Lipton-Martinez definitely has an opportunity to impress.
“I was able to display to the Pitt coaches what I could do as a receiver as well as a blocker. I believe I left them with a good impression,” said Lipton-Martinez.
“Pitt has a very welcoming and exceptional staff like no other school. I talked with Coach Salem for much of the day. He was very impressed by how much bigger and stronger I had gotten since he last saw me in February. The Pitt coaches liked my ability as a receiver and the growth I had made in a year.”
Although no offer came yesterday, Lipton-Martinez is hoping he gets that call from Pitt in the very near future.
“If Pitt were to offer me, they would definitely be one of my top schools. It’s an amazing school with a great football program.”
UPDATE (7:26 PM)-
Today was the first full day on campus for Pitt’s freshman football players. These players are going to be sending me pictures of themselves as they settle into their new homes.
UPDATE (8:03 PM)-
**Florida wide receiver Dontavius Butler just told me that he plans on visiting Pitt as soon as the “Dead Period” is over on July 10. Butler also says that Pitt is his leader and wants to make a decision by the end of the summer.
UPDATE (8:16 PM)-
**Some basketball recruiting news. Kevin Stallings has offered Vermont Academy F Christian David. 247Sports rates David as a 4-star recruit and the #1 player in Vermont. David holds offers from Oregon, Baylor, Illinois, Seton Hall and Virginia Tech.