Blacksburg (VA) Coleton ‘Cole’ Beck (6-foot, 180 pounds) visited Pitt last weekend. By the time he left Pittsburgh, one thing became very apparent to the lighting fast running back: he was a clear priority for Pat Narduzzi and staff.
“I had a great time. I’ve been to Pittsburgh before for Steeler games, but I have never seen Pitt’s football facilities. It was great to be there,” said Beck. “I had a great time with the coaching staff. I like Coach Narduzzi a lot. You can tell he’s a true player’s coach. At workouts, he worked one on one with me a little bit. That’s the first time I have ever seen that with a college head coach. I really like the football program. They are really going to be strong.”
Although the Panthers have recruited well at the running back position, Beck brings a unique skills to the position. He brings blistering speed that can be used in a multitude of formation in Shawn Watson’s offensive scheme.
“It was clear the staff wants me to join Pitt. My parents and I got to sit down with Coach Narduzzi a little bit. We spoke with Coach Andre Powell as well. They made it clear I was a priority for them. I got to visit some of the dorms and the campus. The Cathedral of Learning was sick. I have never seen anything like that and I thought it was cool you could have some classes in there.”
Beck couldn’t ignore the close proximity to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the South Side. “I think that would be awesome to be able to say hello to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a daily basis. It would be great to see someone like Le’veon Bell on a regular basis,” he said.
When asked about his strengths on the football field, he stated, “My speed, my vision and the way I can go through tackles. I don’t need much room. All I need is a tiny hole and I’m gone. I’m good at one cut and I go. I don’t waste a lot of motion, I just go.”
Cole has a roughly 20 scholarship offers but Pitt, Virginia, East Carolina, North Carolina and Louisville appear to leading for his services. “I think Pitt is one of top options, no doubt about that. They are very high on my list right now. It will be a tough decision when the time comes to choose,” he said. “I like the staff’s honesty. They are real and down to earth. I enjoyed the entire visit.”