After hiring Charlie Partridge, the popular opinion was that he’d help build upon the success Pitt’s had recruiting the state of Florida.
Yesterday, Partridge and Pitt offered three highly rated players from Florida that they hope will one day be future Panthers.
Bryce Oliver, Stanley Garner and Nicholas Bonitto all received offers from the Pitt football program.
Garner is a big cornerback (6-foot-3-inches, 180 pounds) from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. 247 Sports rates him as a 3-star recruit with offers from Clemson, Miami, Kentucky, South Carolina, Auburn, Central Florida, Michigan, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Bonitto is a big-time defensive end from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. 247 Sports lists him as a 4-star recruit and as one of the Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2018.
Bonitto holds 26 offers including ones from Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
The final offer yesterday went to Fort Lauderdale wide receiver Bryce Oliver.
247 Sports lists Oliver (6-foot-3-inches, 205 pounds) as a 3-star prospect with Kentucky being the favorite. However, Oliver tells me that the Panthers have a chance.
“I was certain they would offer because I built a relationship with Coach Partridge when he was at Florida Atlantic where he was recruiting me,” said Oliver.
“My interest level is extremely high but I’m still learning about the program. Pitt has a chance to gain ground and just have to make me feel like they can use me and make me feel at home,” said Oliver.
Oliver tells me that he’s going to attend Junior Day at Central Florida, visit Kentucky on April 8th during Spring Break and will also check out Syracuse before the end of the month.
Oliver also tells me that Pitt definitely has a chance at a visit in the near future.