Pitt’s run of getting high-level WPIAL recruits continued today.
Central Catholic 2018 defensive tackle David Green announced on Twitter that he would be playing college football for Pat Narduzzi and Pitt. The commitment was somewhat expected but is still good news for the Pitt football program.
Green (6-foot-2, 265 pounds) is Pitt’s 14th verbal commitment for 2018 and their second pledge from a defensive tackle (Devin Danielson). In the end, the local product selected the Panthers over Virginia Tech, Temple, Rutgers, Minnesota and Iowa State.
This morning prior to making his announcement, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Green about his decision and the factors that went into him wanting to stay home and play for Pitt.
“In the end, I can see what Coach Narduzzi is doing there at Pitt and that’s building something very special and I want to be a part of that. Something big is happening,” said Green.
Aside from that, another huge factor for Green was the relationship that he’s developed with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge who has a proven track record of developing defensive lineman. In fact, Green believes he’s already improved his game from just a day with the Partridge.
“Back in June, I attended a camp at Pitt and spent some time with Coach Partridge. He noticed something in my technique and worked with something new with me. Since then, I’ve done that and have noticed a huge improvement. I thought to myself, he made a big difference in my game in just one day, what would he do if I worked with him for four years.”
Green adds to the stable of young defensive tackles that Pitt is trying to collect. In the last couple of recruiting classes, they’ve gotten commitments from Keyshon Camp, Amir Watts, Rashad Wheeler, Jaylen Twyman, Kam Carter, Danielson and now Green.
Not only is Pitt adding talented defensive lineman, they’re also adding plenty of players from the WPIAL. Sometimes getting commitments from local kids is overrated but not when those players are talented and decide to stay home when presented with the opportunity to play at other big programs.
Devin Danielson, Thomas Jefferson, DT: offers from Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Rutgers, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Blake Zubovic, Belle Vernon, OT: offers from Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Northwestern, Penn State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Jake Kradel, Butler, OT: offers from Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, NC State, Ohio State, Rutgers, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Noah Palmer, Thomas Jefferson, DE: 3-star defensive end
“I feel like Pitt is getting these kids and forming a WPIAL All-Star team. After competing against some of these guys before, it’ll be exciting to play on the same team and work towards Coach Narduzzi’s goal of building something special at Pitt and here in our hometown,” said Green.
Of course, the next and really last WPIAL player that Pitt is trying to land this year is the top player on their board, Aliquippa safety Kwantel Raines.
The other thing that excites Green is getting the chance to play together once again with some of his former teammates at Central Catholic where they enjoyed so much success and won championships. Next year, the talented defensive lineman will be reunited with Damar Hamlin, Rashad Wheeler, Bricen Garner and Cal Adomitis.
“We used to call our defense at Central Catholic the “Chain Gang” and next year we’ll be back together. That’s going to be so much fun. The other thing is that since I’ll be young and new to college, it’ll be nice to have them to help me along and give me advice.”
Green is commitment #14 for the Class of 2018 for Pitt, which likely means they only have room for four maybe five players. Who will be next?