With the college football evaluation period ending soon, the Pitt Panthers made a couple of special offers yesterday to two 2019 recruits.
The reason they were special was the offers were the first ones received by those talented athletes.
One of those players was Maryland outside linebacker Kameron Blount from Waldorf, Maryland.
Since Blount is only a sophomore, Rob Harley wasn’t able to tell him about the offer in person, so he found out the news from his head coach.
After getting the news, Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance to speak with Blount about the offer and to find out more about this young, talented linebacker.
“I’m just so humbled by the offer and so blessed. My mom and my coach pushed and motivated me to get to this point. I’ve been just waiting for this and to get this first offer especially as a sophomore, I just have no words for it,” said Blount.
“Coach Harley came to my school. I wasn’t able to talk to him but my coach, Avery Williams talked to him, and Coach Harley said that Coach Narduzzi and the defensive coordinator (Josh Conklin) were watching my film, liked me and thought I should get an offer.”
“I was in gym when my coach came in to tell me and when he did, I immediately had a feeling in my stomach. I just realized that all of my hard work was starting to pay off.”
Although he’s excited about this first offer, it won’t change Blount’s work habits, actually it might make him workout and train harder.
“I can’t stop now. I’m going to have to work 100 times harder than I’ve been working over the last few years. These new couple of months will be big as a prepare for my junior season. I want to try to get even more offers so that I’ll have options and eventually earn my way into college.”
Blount is a linebacker now but that happened because of a talk with his high school coach.
“I’m a 4-3 outside linebacker and I can play everything from receiver to linebacker to tight end to safety to defensive end, all of those positions. Although my main position is outside linebacker, when I was a freshman, I started out as a 5-foot-11, 170-pound quarterback. However, my coach told me that he sees me as a linebacker. At first I didn’t want to play it but he groomed me and now I love defense,” said Blount.
To get the news from Pitt was exciting to Blount for another reason and that’s because his favorite football player played for them last season.
“My favorite football player is James Conner. He’s my favorite player because of what happened to him and his ability to overcome adversity and then make it to the NFL. James Conner has a lot of significance to me.”
With only being a sophomore, Blount is a long ways away from making a decision but when he does, Pitt will be a school that will be special to him.
“Pitt will always be one of my top schools down the line when I announce my decision. I’ll always remember that Pittsburgh was the first school to offer me. It will always mean a lot to me and I’ll always be thankful to them for that.”