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Recruiting in the state of Ohio has been a strong point for the Pitt football program over the last few seasons. Yesterday, they hosted a young athlete from Ohio that you’ll be hearing a lot about over the next couple of seasons.
2019 athlete Mershawn Rice from Reynoldsburg, Ohio was at Heinz Field yesterday as Pitt conducted their first scrimmage of the season. Rice (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is a wide receiver and safety in high school and is capable of playing both positions in college.
Prior to yesterday, Pitt wasn’t very high on Rice’s radar but the visit changed things.
“We were able to see the locker room, the football facilities and the different practice fields. The visit was very nice and I was really impressed and didn’t expect it but I’m happy I was able to come,” said Rice.
“Going into the visit I really didn’t know what to expect because I’ve never been there and I didn’t know much about Pitt. But I learned some things now and I really like the school coming out of the visit.”
Rice tells me that he was able to talk with Pat Narduzzi, Shawn Watson and John Peterson who were educating him on their relationship with the Steelers, the young talent on the roster and also Pitt’s ability to put players in the NFL.
Another thing that impressed Rice was watching the scrimmage and one thing really stood out to him.
“Definitely the defense, they were flying around and hitting, some guys got flipped. It was nice to see,” said Rice.
To this point, Kentucky is the only school to offer this talented sophomore but Rice expects Pitt to change that real soon.
“Yes, more than likely it will be at an upcoming camp because I’m definitely going to one of their camps. I was really impressed with Pittsburgh and I’m really liking the school right now.”