In order for the Pitt football program to reach that next level, the Panthers need to develop an elite defense. It was obvious from watching Pitt this season that the talent level needed upgraded and Pat Narduzzi is in the process of doing that.
In the last two recruiting classes, Pitt has added young talent such as Damar Hamlin, Paris Ford, Henry Miller, Therran Coleman, Chase Pine, Kaezon Pugh, Amir Watts, Keyshon Camp and Paris Ford.
Today, the Panthers got a commitment from a player that they believe will make an immediate impact on the defensive line.
While on his official visit, 4-star defensive tackle Kam Carter became Pitt’s 22nd commitment in their Class of 2017.
“If you see a good situation and your mind is made up, why not. I felt and my family included thought it was a no-brainer. We both just laid it out on the table and with what I had to offer, both parties were just happy,” said Carter.
Carter told me that Pitt coaches believe he can play both the 1 and 3 spot on the defensive line and with his athletic ability, they’ll be able to move him around.
Another reason coaches will be able to move him around is because of the quality depth Pittt is stockpiling on the defensive line. Carter joins Watts, Camp, Jeremiah Taleni, Rashad Wheeler and Mike Herndon.
Carter believes this young talent on defense can be the final piece of the puzzle in bringing championship football back to Pittsburgh.
“We’re going there, myself and the young guys, and are coming in to win championships. We’re going to change the tradition of Pitt football back to the days of Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy. We’re going to put Pitt back on the map where they should be,” said Carter.
“I believe we have so much young talent especially on defense. Plus, the guys there are great guys both on and off the field. That’s really what you want to strive to be. Guys that do it both on and off the field.”
This morning when Carter gave Narduzzi the news, it was a relief for the head coach because two years ago, Carter selected Penn State over Narduzzi and Michigan State.
“He was really excited. Me finally joining Coach Narduzzi was kind of the theme of the weekend. Last time it didn’t work but now we’re both in different positions, he’s the head coach and I’m going into my junior year in college,” said Carter.
“We’re ready to get this show on the road the right way and take Pitt where it should be.”