Today was the first in what could be a big month of commitments for the Pitt football program.
This afternoon, 2018 cornerback Judson Tallandier from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland gave a verbal to Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers.
Tallandier (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is rated as a 3-star 247 Sports recruit with offers from Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, NC State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wake Forest.
Many people considered Tallandier a lean towards Maryland and it should also be pointed out that he received an offer a couple days ago from Georgia.
“I just feel that Pitt is the place that I’m most comfortable at. I know the coaches like the back of my hand. I talk daily with the entire coaching staff. I have a great relationship with Coach Narduzzi, Coach Hill and Coach Powell,” said Tallandier.
“I was just weighing out all my options and after going through the whole process and considering everything, I get a vibe and feeling from every school. I just had a gut feeling about Pitt and just love them.”
Ever since visiting the school in March, Tallandier says he’s been leaning towards Pitt but then something happened last night that finalized his decision.
“I got hand written letters last night from every member of the coaching staff. I looked and read every last one of them and saw what they had to say. I think that’s what kind of pushed me over the edge.”
“My family is very excited. They support me a lot and want me to be happy in my decision and they love Pitt too. They really liked Coach Hill and Coach Powell and Coach Narduzzi in particular,” said Tallandier.
Speaking of Narduzzi, I asked Tallandier to describe his relationship with his future coach and how he’d describe him to other people.
“Energetic, enthusiastic, confident, loyal, someone that is going to push you to reach your maximum abilities, he’s just a good guy.”
Finally, this is the type of player that Tallandier wanted to let Pitt fans know they’re getting.
" You & I Aren't The Same, I'm Cut From Something Different ????❗️" pic.twitter.com/1ezz6HOfNH
— Judson Tallandier Ⅱ (@iamjtii) January 31, 2017
“I have range, my strengths are my length, my recovery, my jamming ability and closing speed.”
This is commitment #5 for Pitt.