It’s been evident from the day that he was named Pitt’s head football coach that Pat Narduzzi that has a passion for football which would help him on the recruiting trails.
This charisma didn’t just develop when he arrived at Pitt. I talked with a recruit who’s known him for years and he’ll see Narduzzi this weekend when he’s in town for the Duke game.
Nolan Bird (6-2, 175) is a junior quarterback for Grand Ledge HS in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Tomorrow he’ll visit Pitt for the fist time.
“Coach Narduzzi was at State and they were looking at me a bit and then when he went to Pitt, they stayed in contact with me. They’ve been sending me letters and I’ve gotten invites to all of their home games. This is the first chance I’ve had to go out there,” said Bird.
Narduzzi knows the Bird family in particular Nolan’s father Matt who’s the long-time coach at Grand Ledge High School (Michigan).
This is Bird’s first time traveling to Pittsburgh and he’s excited to see the city and to see Narduzzi again.
“I love him (Narduzzi). I remember when I went to a Michigan State practice he was high energy, coaches 24/7 and he’s great to his kids and that’s what I love. He’s all about team and he knows how to build a program,” said Bird.
“I’m excited for the visit. I actually told my dad that I want to stay a whole day so I can go see the university and experience the city and everything around it.”
At this point, Bird doesn’t have an official offer but is getting interest from school so like Pitt, Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State. The Michigan native is hoping for that first offer and trying to keep his emotions under control.
“The recruiting process is is stressful, I’ll say that. Being a quarterback it’s the mot important position in the game so a team’s not going to waste an offer unless they’re sure,” said Bird.
Any indication that an offer could be coming in the near futur from Pitt?
“No, no indication at all. Getting an offer would mean the world to me. It’s been a dream since I was little. I’ve grown up around the game with my dad. It would mean everything to me.”
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— Nolan Bird (@NolanBird13) November 10, 2016