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As many of you know by now, the state of Florida is very important to Pitt football’s recruiting efforts. Over the last two years, the Pitt coaches have extended more offers to players in Florida than in any other state.
One of their targets in the Class of 2018 is Deerfield Beach inside linebacker Kenny Bastida.
247 Sports ranks Bastida (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) as a 3-star recruit with offers from LSU, North Carolina, Michigan State, NC State, Penn State, South Florida and Wisconsin.
Last night, I caught up with Bastida to get an update on his recruiting and get his reaction to all the Florida offers and could that play a factor in him looking more at Pitt.
“That’s not really a big deal to me, a lot of colleges offer a lot of us. Florida has a lot of talent but it does open up a door to play with my teammates which would be awesome,” said Bastida.
“Coach Partridge and I talk often. He was at my spring game and said that he liked how I looked so everything on my performance side is going good. I just want to further my relationship with him.”
Considering his big list of offers, I asked Bastida where Pitt stood with him right now.
“If I were to make a list, Pitt would be up there with everyone else who offered me. It’s a pretty tight race but they’re dong all the right things as of right now.
Bastida tells me that he has an upcoming trip planned in which he’ll visit a number of schools.
“When I come back I’m definitely gonna look to make a decision but I want to visit all the schools I’m considering first so that I know I won’t make the wrong decision.”