Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt football program hosted a bunch of recruits yesterday, including some in the class of 2019.
One of those sophomore recruits was a quarterback from Connecticut, who, interestingly enough, has a tie to Western Pennsylvania.
Trey Dawson (6-5, 200) a 15-year-old talent from Middlebury, Connecticut, was a visitor for the Pitt-Georgia Tech game. However, this wasn’t Dawson’s first time in Pittsburgh or at Heinz Field.
“Being in the stadium for a college game was a big shock. My dad, brother and I have been to a Steelers game, but to see the band, the fans and how it all turned into a college game was amazing. I loved it,” said Dawson.
“My dad’s family is from Beaver County (Aliquippa and New Brighton), so coming to Pitt is like a second home to me.”
“My dad moved when he was in high school to Connecticut but he is from Beaver County. He went to Aliquippa High School for 9th grade then he and grandma moved up here. My Grandma just passed away this spring, but she was living in Beaver Falls at the time.”
Dawson has watched Pitt before but this was the first time watching Matt Canada’s offense in person and he was impressed.
“Pitt’s offense, I like it. Dad said it could be a good fit. So far I like the system at Pitt. The campus being right in the city is great too. I’m interested in studying architecture. We’re looking at that and Finance.”
So, would Canada’s offense be a good fit for Dawson’s game?
“I’m a pro-style pocket passer and love to throw the ball deep. People like my accuracy and touch too. I play in a spread system, so I like learning my reads and making decisions based on that. I am mobile enough to move in the pocket or out to get a good lane, but I’m always looking downfield. I’m no track star out there. LOL,” said Dawson.
Dawson tells me that at this point he doesn’t have any offers but is getting interest from schools like Connecticut, Penn State, Boston College, Florida, Virginia Tech, Princeton and Yale.
“I decided to visit because we had a bye week and my dad said let’s go to the Pitt game as a recruit! We’ll be going to PSU vs. Ohio State as a recruit in a couple of weeks. We had an unofficial visit to Pitt in spring of my freshman year, I was there for camp in June,” said Dawson.
“At camp and during my unofficial visit this spring, I met Mr. Chris LaSala, Coach Salem and Mr. Landan Salem, they are my recruiting contacts and are great guys. They love Pitt and are easy to be comfortable around those guys. Coach Narduzzi is like a mix of intense and cool at the same time! It’s amazing how he does that.”
“My family has a history with Pitt. My granddad is a graduate. Right now, Pitt is in my top 5.”