Darian Street is a player that Pittsburgh Sports Now has followed closely for over a year. As the talented brother of former Panther great Devin Street, he captured the eye of Pitt fans early in the recruiting process. With National Signing Day approaching, his recruitment is almost at its end. This weekend, the 6’1” 175-pound Pitt commit from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania will take his official visit to the University of Pittsburgh. As Darian told Pittsburgh Sports Now, his visit cannot come soon enough.
“I’m excited,” said Street. “I’m counting down the days like it’s Christmas. I have 2-hour delays this week because of Keystone testing—which is like a standardized test—so it’s making my week go pretty fast.”
Though it may go without saying, Saturday is not the first time Darian will visit Pitt. He has made the trip both as a recruit, and as Devin’s supportive brother. As such, the 3-star receiver already holds a positive understanding on all that the university offers its student athletes.
“I’ve had very good visits. I think, being that my brother went there, I have a feel for the city life and stuff like that. But I’m happy with the new coaches and all the new facilities.”
Darian recognizes that much has changed since his brother attended Pitt. He will have plenty of opportunities to observe these changes over the weekend thanks to the plans laid out by Pat Narduzzi and his staff. Street informatively shed some light on what the Panthers have in store for their recruits upon arrival.
“We have an itinerary,” Darian said. “All the recruits are gonna be there by twelve on Friday. We’ll be at the facilities, we go out to dinner at [a local restaurant], the parents go out to eat with the coaches. We have free time, tour the buildings, go to the basketball game … so it should be a pretty fun weekend.”
Once enrolled, Darian will likely major in Business. This weekend presents an opportunity for him to further investigate his academic path at Pitt.
“I want to go the business route. I might go either business, or I might go undecided just to get a feel for things. But I’ll definitely be taking a good look at the business school and stuff like that, because that’s probably what I’ll end up doing in the long run.”
Aside from the business school, I asked Darian if there was anything else he needed to see this weekend in order to confirm that Pitt remains the right school for him.
“Not really,” he replied. “I’m pretty solid on Pitt. I think it’s a great program on the rise. I love the coaches. Great coaching staff … it’s a great area. I just really love Pitt.”
Street’s enthusiasm for the Panthers keeps his commitment firm. Although he could visit other universities before National Signing Day, Darian does not feel this is necessary.
“I was thinking about it, but I’m just going to be loyal to Pitt,” he proclaimed. “I feel like Pitt is my best interest academically and athletically, and it’s a great fit for me.”
As Pittsburgh Sports Now has reported throughout the week, other current Pitt commitments will take their official visits this weekend along with Darian. Street sees this as an excellent opportunity to build upon the relationships he holds with his future teammates.
“We all have a group message so we’ve been talking,” Street divulged. “We’re all excited to get up and see each other. We usually have brief conversations because we really only see each other at a game or something. But this weekend will allow us to get closer, to see a roommate we would like to room with—build a bond better.”
Included with the players already committed to Pitt will be a few uncommitted recruits whom the Panthers are currently pursuing. Street intends upon building his relationship with these players as well, including cornerback Jason Pinnock.
“I actually reached out to [Jason Pinnock],” Darian reveals. “He’s excited for his visit. I was just telling him the other day, [Monday] actually, about what made me choose [Pitt] … so I’ll be in his ear, and I’ll see the other uncommitted recruits, too.”
Once Street concludes his visit, it will be back to Liberty High School, where he recorded 31 receptions for 552 yards and 5 total touchdowns as a senior receiver this year. With his high school football career over, Darian will combine football-oriented training with track-and-field in the upcoming months to prepare himself for his freshman season at Pitt.
“I’ll be running track in the spring. And then right now, I’ve just been working really hard. I think I’ve gained twelve pounds already; I’m about 180-181 [pounds]. So I’m just gonna keep working hard until track, keep trying to gain weight, and be more explosive so I’ll be ready for Pitt in June.”
June will creep up before Darian knows it, and Panther fans are undoubtedly ready to see him continue the Street legacy at Pitt.