New Jersey is a state that Pitt has successfully recruited over the last couple of years, landing players such as Kenny Pickett, Carter Warren, Owen Drexel, Phil Campbell, Maurice Ffrench and Saleem Brightwell.
Yesterday, they offered a New Jersey player that they hope will become a future Panther.
2018 Vinny DePalma (6-1, 215) is a middle linebacker for DePaul Catholic in Wayne, New Jersey and last night he received his first scholarship offer.
“When I found I was offered, it was surreal. At first, I was shocked when my coach told me and a ton of emotions ran through me and I called my father to break the news and we were both just super excited and super happy,” said DePalma.
“Pitt is a great place and everyone says it’s always hardest to get your first offer. So for Coach Narduzzi to give me an opportunity first is really cool and says a lot.”
I asked DePalma about his strengths and what he thinks Pitt likes about his game.
“I would say some of the reasons they offered me is because number one, Pitt is a high character program, and Coach Narduzzi builds his program around tough, smart, hard-working, relentless players. I would say those are some of my strengths.”
DePalma will start doing his research on Pitt and building a relationship with the coaching staff, which is something he’s looking forward to doing.
“Pitt is a great program, in a great conference, with a great coaching staff, and our team actually stopped up their on our way to a game in Cincinnati last year. We got to see the facilities and they were really nice. Plus, being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan is cool, lol,” said DePalma.
“North Jersey has so much great talent and I think any college who makes it a priority to recruit the players in our area is smart. It is some of, if not the best football in the country.”