Pitt might not be through recruiting running backs this year after all.
After losing out on Virginia’s Cole Beck some thought Pitt wouldn’t be pursuing another running back for the upcoming class.
Not only is Pitt still looking at running backs, one they have their eye on is a local player.
John William Gay (6-0, 188) is a senior at Penn-Trafford High School and visited Pitt yesterday for the NC State game.
This morning, PSN spoke to Gay about his day and about a possible future with Pitt.
“I originally got invited to a football camp at Pitt this summer but I wasn’t able to make it. However, they’ve stayed in contact with me really throughout the whole season. The coaches told me that I’ve really started to open their eyes and they’re starting to look at me more,“ said Gay.
“They invited me out to yesterday’s game and want me to come to more.”
I asked Gay what part of his game does he think is impressing Pitt and other schools.
“I personally think it’s my speed. I’m able to use it well making it a big part of my game. I’m able make quick cuts that others can’t make. If I’m able to get into the secondary, I don’t think anyone can catch me.”
Gay tells me his fastest clicked forty time is 4.39.
The local athlete was one of many recruits at Heinz Field and despite the loss came away impressed.
“Coach Natduzzi is doing a great job with this program. Although they lost, they fought and played well. You can tell they have a lot of talent and have a bright future. I would love to be a part of it,” said Gay.
To be a part of the future, Gay would need an offer from Narduzzi and Pitt. I asked Gay what this time is like for him and what it would mean to get an offer.
“It’s just an exciting time right now for me. I’m lucky enough and blessed enough to say that Pitt is recruiting me.”
“An offer would mean a ton. I wouldn’t to go far from home. If Pitt offers that’s a game-changer. They’ve talked to me about a couple other backs they’re recruiting but they like me because I’m in there area. They’ve told me about a junior college back they’re recruiting but I think they’re really interested in me and if I keep impressing them an offer could come.”