Recruiting is a lot about relationships and comfort with the program and the coaching staff. Pat Narduzzi and his assistants continued working on those things over the weekend during their Junior Day on Saturday.
One of the schools that the Panthers made a favorable impression with was Vineland High School (New Jersey) and head coach Dan Russo.
“Everything was first class. I really like what the staff and Coach Narduzzi are doing there and the direction they’re headed,” said Russo.
While it wasn’t his first time meeting Narduzzi, Russo came away impressed with the man in charge of Pitt football.
“He’s a really good coach. I have a bunch of respect for him. Everything he does, we do at our program but on a smaller scale level. The way he treats everyone like family and the relationships that he’s able to build.”
“I feel Pitt is on their way to winning National Championships under Coach Narduzzi and his leadership. I can’t say enough about him. I met him last year at a coaching clinic so I was looking forward to making that trip to Pittsburgh,” said Russo.
“I always make sure I recommend my kids to programs that have stability and they have that at Pitt. I can’t say enough about how much I’m impressed with that program.”
Russo told me that both Anderson and Pacheco were very impressed with the visit but that they’ll also explore other programs. Anderson is a player that Pitt wants at outside linebacker and Pacheco is a multi-talented athlete whose future position in college is likely at running back.
“One of the things that impressed them most was that they’d be able to be partners with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the facility and the practice fields. They both thought that was neat.”
While it was too early for either player to give a commitment, I think both players will seriously consider the Panthers when it comes time to decide. Until then, Coach Russo will get them ready for the upcoming season and assist them with any questions they have in the recruiting process.
“I support them 100% in whatever they decide. I tell them to get a list of schools they interest them, then visit them, get to know the coaches and players and then they’ll know. But in the end, I’m just here to guide them.”