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Pitt has extended offers to a handful of local 2018 prospects and appear to be in good shape with most of them.
One local lineman tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that if he receives an offer from Pitt, they’d move to the top of his list of schools.
Derek Devine is an offensive tackle from North Allegheny and yesterday he went to the South Side to check out the Panthers practice.
“It was mostly what I expected. It was all pretty awesome, the environment, the practice intensity, a lot of stuff I like. It was a very hardcore practice. I liked it,” said Devine.
While at practice, Devine was zeroed in on watching the offensive lineman and position coach John Peterson.
“I think he’s a great coach. It looks like he’s very knowledgeable and commands a lot of respect from his lineman.”
No offer was extended yesterday but Devine is optimistic it’s only a matter of time.
“I spoke with Coach Peterson, Coach Narduzzi and Coach Junko at practice. They haven’t talked scholarship yet, they’re telling me to keep working hard, keep lifting and they want to see me at a camp this summer.”
“Yes, I’m very optimistic that if I go out and have a good camp (an offer will come).”
“I’d love to get an offer from Pitt. That would be a huge deal for me. That would be my most sought after offer. They’re my hometown school and really right now the school I most want to play for,” said Devine.
One of the things Devine likes most about Pitt is their future under Pat Narduzzi.
“Under Pat Narduzzi, Pitt is now a much stronger team and I think they’re capable of being a national championship team under Coach Narduzzi. It might take a few years but they’re a much more powerful program than they were before.”