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The Pitt football program has had great success developing running backs, the latest example being Pittsburgh Steelers 3rd round pick James Conner.
The coaches also have an eye for backs that fit their system, Chawntez Moss is an example of that.
Yesterday, the Panthers offered a back that they hope joins their strong stable of runners.
Emeka Nwanze from Johns Creek, Georgia was visited by a Pitt assistant and told he had an offer to Pitt.
— Emeka Nwanze (@EmekaNwanze4) May 5, 2017
“I was excited to hear I got an offer from Pittsburgh. I know that they’re a really big school and I was very excited,” said Nwanze.
“When Coach Conklin offered, he mentioned how they loved my film and how I ran the football.”
“I would describe myself as a power running back. A strength of mine is change of direction and finishing a run off with contact. I think those are the main reasons for the offers I’ve received.”
— Coach Gator Browning (@CoachGatorTKO) November 24, 2016
Including the offer from Pitt, Nwanze (5-11, 200) also has offers from North Carolina, Maryland, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Boston College.
While Nwanze is grateful for all those offers, he’s not content. He will use them as motivation to work even harder.
“I’m going to get back to training harder so all these coaches won’t lose interest in me,” said Nwanze. “I’m going to be working with coaches on the little details of my game like which gap to choose, how I hit the hole, how I take on contact, stuff like that.”
Nwanze is the fourteenth 2018 recruit from Georgia to pick up an offer from Pitt. I asked Nwanze if he’d have any hesitation possibly attending a school which is a long way from home.
“I have no problem going to a school far away. My parents probably will want me to be closer to home, but will want the best for me whichever school that is.”
Nwanze tells me that he plans on attending some camps and making some visits this summer but still has to finalize those details with his parents.