This football season hasn’t gone as Pitt was hoping for as they enter tomorrow’s game at Duke with a 2-5 record.
As he stated yesterday, Pat Narduzzi isn’t overreacting and is still confident about the future of the Panthers program.
However, when any program has a down season you wonder if that will impact recruiting and what players that are currently committed are thinking.
This morning, PSN reached out to all of Pitt’s current 2018 verbal commitments to get their reaction to Pitt’s season and their future with the Panthers.
(We will update this as we hear back from players).
Wendell Davis, LB, Virginia: “I just think that every great team has seasons when things aren’t going your way. I believe they have a team with a lot of talent and they have a great coaching staff that will put the players in the best situations possible to win. This season isn’t going as planned but I’m still committed to Pittsburgh and I can’t wait to be a Panther next year.”
Judson Tallandier, CB, Washington DC: “Everyone knows it hasn’t been the best season for the team but we can only keep going and doing what we can to improve. I feel like things will be different the rest of the season and seasons to come. We have the right tools, we just have to execute. I can’t wait to get up there. I’m excited to bring everything I can to the table and all the guys in my class.”
Chase Brown, OL, Scranton: “My loyalty and love for Pitt has not been wavered by the record that we have right now. Every team in the country has had a year where they have struggled or have been young. I have been apart of teams that have gone through the same thing Pitt is going through right now, so I know this is just part of the game of football. From the moment I enroll in January until the time I graduate, I’m going to do my best to help Pitt be the team we all know they can be! Can’t wait to officially be apart of the Pitt family! H2P????”
Jake Kradel, OL, Butler Area: “I’m not worried at all with where this program is. They lost tons of talent last year to the NFL and are a very young team that is gaining experience week by week. I think Coach Narduzzi and the rest of the staff are doing a great job developing the talent they have. They’ll be alright!”
Marquis Williams, CB, Cardinal Gibbons: “My loyalty for the University of Pittsburgh is 100% I’m all in!! Yes I know they are having a bad season but that doesn’t turn my head ONE BIT. I can be the one to turn the defense around or all the recruits that are coming in could help change it. We are young, give us till next year and it’s gonna be a complete turn around!! I’m ALL IN FOR PITT even if they would have went 0-12 or 0-10 I’ll still be committed to Pitt. They believe in me and I believe in them. I love you Pittsburgh 8 months to go!!!!!! Big shoutout to Paris Ford that’s my Big Bro????‼️“
Noah Palmer, DE, Thomas Jefferson: “Pitt’s season this year isn’t going way everyone was expecting, but as a recruit it makes me more anxious to get in there and make a difference. I’m not discouraged at all because I now have more of a chance to get in and play during my first year if I don’t redshirted. I’m just hoping that when our class gets in there we help spark a new era and bring a championship back home to Pittsburgh.”
Blake Zubovic, OT, Belle Vernon: “Obviously, from a recruit standpoint a 2-5 record is nothing that is really attractive for us. That is just the elephant in the room. Everyone is quick to blame the coaching staff and question the talent on their roster. They think this whole thing is just going down hill. Let me tell you what I see. I see a VERY young football team (both sides of the ball) with a quarterback issue, and a coaching staff that is trying to win games this year and focus on the future of Pitt football. This school has an extremely bright future! At least from my eyes I have no interest in decommitting from this great university and I hope all recruits and commits see it the way I do.”