Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff have spent countless hours on the road this week looking to solidify their 2017 recruiting class. It has been abundantly clear that defensive ends are amongst their top priorities. One of the more intriguing prospects they are pursing is 6-foot-6 inch, 210 pound athletic pass rusher Stephon Zayas from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Defensive line coach Tom Simms has been in contact with Zayas throughout the season and the two met for an in-home visit on Tuesday.
“The visit went very well. It went very smooth and my mother felt very comfortable with Coach (Simms),” he said. “I’m coming to Pitt for an official visit the weekend of January 13th.”
“They spoke with me about their situation at defensive end. I know that Pitt will lose Ejuan Price, #5, is going to the league (NFL) so they said I could replace him and I need to get there, work hard and compete. I need to get there and make plays.”
Zayas has received scholarship offers from Pitt, Colorado, Bowling Green, Illinois, Florida International, Louisville, Iowa State, Maryland, Rutgers, Massachusetts, Toledo and Central Florida.
When asked about his strengths on the football field, he stated, “My speed is my main strength. Quickness. I’m working on being aggressive, but speed is my main strength.”
Zayas will take additional official visits to other schools. He has North Carolina scheduled on January 20th and Central Florida scheduled for December 9th.
“Pitt stands very high with me. I look forward to the visit.”
Harry G. Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru
// Featured image: Photo courtesy of Stephon Zayas