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Pitt Recruiting Notebook: December 12



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UPDATE (9:58 AM)-

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UPDATE (8:28 PM)-

**A day after committing to Pitt, Pat Narduzzi and John Peterson have an in-home visit with Ohio DT Tyler Bentley.

Courtesy of Tyler Bentley

UPDATE (8:08 PM)–

**Cincinnat sophomore OT Paris Johnson (6-7, 260)received an offer from Pitt. Johnson is one of the top sophomore lineman in the country with offers already from Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan State, Virginia, Rutgers and Cincinnati.

UPDATE (7:48 PM)-

**Shocky Jacques-Louis has announced his final three: Pitt, Kentucky and Tennessee. Jacques-Louis will announce his decision December 20.

UPDATE (7:34 PM-

**Second offer of the day from Pitt to a player from Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia). 4-Star DE Omar Speights (6-3, 240) got the news. Speights also holds offers from Tennessee, Baylor, BYU, Duke, Kentucky, Missouri, Rutgers and Syracuse.

UPDATE (3:42 PM)-

**Junior 4-Star running back Patrick Garwo from Conwell Egan Catholic in Fairless Hills, PA gets a Pitt offer. Garwo also holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Temple.

**247 Sports rates safety Tykee Smith (Imhotep Institute) as the 3rd best junior in Pennsylvania abs today he received an offer from Pitt. Smith holds early offers from Michigan State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Rutgers and North Carolina.

UPDATE (3:36 PM)-

**More offers by Pitt to high school juniors. The second of the day went to 2019 TE Nick Gallo from Council Rock South High School in Southampton, PA. Gallo (6-3, 225) is a 3-star recruit with offers from Virginia Tech, UConn, Maryland and North Carolina.

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UPDATE (10:54 AM)-

**Pitt coaches are back in Florida and this morning offered a big-time national recruit. 2019 RB Cesare Mellusi from Naples, Florida received the offer from the Panthers. Mellusi is a 4-star recruit and rated as one of the Top 200 juniors in the country. Mellusi holds offers from schools such as Auburn, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC and Texas A&M.

UPDATE (9:32 AM)-

**Hearing they’ll be some minor news concerning Florida wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis today.  Stay tuned

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UPDATE (7:40 AM)-

**Pitt made a handful of offers to juniors yesterday including one to Michigan linebacker Lance Dixon. The 3-star recruit from West Bloomfield High School holds offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin.

PSN caught up with Dixon to ask him about the offer and his thoughts on Pitt.

”I found out yesterday as Coach Harley came up to our school and said he really liked my film and the way I play. My defensive backs coach Keith Cameron is a former Pitt player and says it’s absolutely great down there,” said Dixon.

”I believe I’m a person that can play any position on defense and believe the strength of my game is my size and speed.”

I asked Dixon if being from Michigan and having offers from the two hometown schools, will they be tough to beat?

”I don’t hold any bias towards them just because they’re close. I’m just going to be looking for the right fit.”

UPDATE (7:27 AM)-

**It looks as though Pitt could be involved with another talented cornerback from Florida. 2018 cornerback Nigel Bethel who was previously committed to Florida tells PSN that he’s been contact recently with the Pitt coaches. In fact, Bethel says that he’s looking to make an official visit to Pitt sometime in January. Aside from Florida, Bethel was offered by Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Purdue and Central Florida.



Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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