Impressions made early sometimes help schools in recruiting and Pitt hopes that’s the case with Derek Wingo.
Yesterday, the Panther staff extended an offer to this sophomore Florida athlete. Pitt becomes the first Power Five school to offer this super sophomore.
Wingo (6-1, 200) plays for St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Aside from Pitt, Wingo also has offers from Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Western Kentucky.
Wingo becomes only the 9th sophomore to get an early offer from the Pitt staff. Interestingly, two of the other nine players also play with Wingo at St. Thomas Aquinas, WR Marcus Rosemy and DT Marcus Dumervil.
Last night after getting the offer, PSN had a chance to catch up with Wingo to get his reaction to the offer and to Pitt.
“I found out about the offer after practice after the Pitt coach had left. My reaction was basically that I thought my coach was joking because this is a big offer and something I really took to heart,” said Wingo.
“Only being a sophomore means a lot. I’m going to keep working, I’m going to get better, and I’m going to continue to make an impact as my high school career goes on.”
”The Pitt coaches really like my enthusiasm and leadership on the field. I really like to be a vocal guy and I believe that I can rally the team up to play as a unit. I really like that Pitt has always been that underdog type school that no matter who they are playing, they come out fast and hitting on each and every down.”
Wingo tells PSN that Pitt offered him as an athlete because he plays multiple positions (quarterback, linebacker and tight end).