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Pitt Junior Day Previews: Nick DeNucci



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“I know that Pitt is a hard nosed program and known for their toughness.”

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That’s New Jersey middle linebacker Nick DeNucci‘s impression of the current Pitt football program. Hard nosed and tough are also reasons why he feels he’d be an ideal middle linebacker for Pat Narduzzi and linebacker coach Rob Harley.

“Yeah, it’s pretty accurate. It’s how I play, tough, hard-nosed football. It’s one of the things I pride myself on and why I think Pitt would be a great school for me,” said DeNucci.

DeNucci will travel from New Jersey to Pittsburgh this weekend for Pitt’s Junior Day. Unlike some of the other recruits, he’ll be traveling here without an offer.

“I started talking with Pitt in the fall. Coach Salem started the process and I’ve really started to feel to know him. Then Coach Harley hit me up with a message and we’ve been talking for awhile now,” said DeNucci.

“Coach Harley likes me a lot. He’s tried to introduce me to the program and get me to know things better. We’ve just been having normal conversations about the school. They just want to see me face to face.”

They’ll have a chance to do that this weekend and the question is, will an offer from Pitt follow?

Currently, DeNucci (6-foot-1, 225 pounds) holds offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College and Maryland. The New Jersey native is going to visit Pittsburgh for the first time and see what happens.

“It’s definitely exciting but you can’t really push anything, you can’t expect anything,” said DeNucci. “You just got to let the process go through. I don’t want to push or ask for anything because that’s not when things happen. I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens.”

Does he think an offer could be on the way?

“I’m not sure but I guess it’s a possibility. It would definitely mean a lot to me. I’m not going to expect anything but if it happens it would mean a lot.”

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