Bethlehem (PA) Liberty HS wide receiver Darian Street is no stranger to the Pitt football program. The legacy recruit has visited Pitt a number of time and attended countless home games. Last weekend was a bit different. He finally was able to complete his official visit and meet a large number of future teammates. We talked to him about his experience.
“We did everything over the weekend. Our group was on the go the entire time with no breaks but it was really fun. My host was Therran Coleman. It was a great experience,” said Street.
“We arrived around 11:30AM on Friday. We got to watch the Steelers practice and it was a really cool experience. I enjoyed it.”
One would think that Street would already have expanded knowledge of Pitt’s campus and social life, but he learned a tremendous amount on the visit. “I got to see all the classrooms and learning facilities. We walked around Oakland. I never got to do that before It was new to me. It was great to see how college works. When I was young I would just go to the Pitt game and then head back to the hotel. I got a much better feel for actual college life.”
Perhaps the favorite part of the visit was the bonding with his future teammates. Street indicated that both the committed and uncommitted players spent a great bit of time together and develop a great rapport.
“Everyone got along really well. The vibes were there. It was great to meet the new commits. We just had a blast together,” he said. “I contacted Jason Pinnock the Thursday before the visit and we actually got pretty close during the weekend.”
“The uncommitted guys, Jason (Pinnock), TyJuan (Garbutt), Nathan (Proctor), all of them, they seemed to really have a good time. I think we have a great shot at landing some of them.”
No committed player leaves without sitting down with their position coach and head coach Pat Narduzzi. They discussed, in detail, his preparation for enrolling in June.
“I had a position meeting with Coach (Kevin) Sherman and we went over some of the formations and plays. He seemed to like that I was picking it up quick. Coach Sherman was with me the entire weekend and he kept telling me he’s really excited for me to get to Pitt.”
“Coach Narduzzi was very clear with me: he expects toughness and hard work,” he said. “He discussed what the future might look like for me and things I need to do to get ready for the upcoming season. I may have a good chance to play as a freshman if I work hard and take care of business.”
Harry G. Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru