Freshman high school football players don’t receive offers from Power Five programs very often.
When schools make that leap and do offer, it’s because they see something and are completely sure that even at such a young age they’re offering a special player.
A couple of players must have caught the eye of Pat Narduzzi because yesterday, Pitt extended offers to two freshman players, including a quarterback.
The first one was cornerback Omar Simpson from Davie, Florida. The second was quarterback Caleb Williams from Gonzaga High School in Washington DC.
Williams (6-0, 190) is a pro-style quarterback who received his first offer from hometown Maryland. Williams becomes the first freshman quarterback to currently hold an offer from Pitt.
Simpson is a 5-9, 165 cornerback from Western High School in Davie, Florida. Following his offer from Pitt, Simpson then got his second one from NC State.
After getting the big news from Pitt, PSN has a chance to catch-up with this young talent to get his reaction to getting a college scholarship and only being in ninth grade.
“Getting that offer felt great and is such a blessing. After walking out after finding out from my coach I was happy. I really like the school,” said Simpson.
I asked Simpson if he was at all surprised about receiving an offer so early and he really wasn’t.
”Well, I think I played well and had a really good season last year and we play really strong competition in South Florida.”
”I’ve worked really hard to get to this point to receive an opportunity that allows me to pursue my dreams, especially coming from a school like Pitt, where one of my favorite cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis played, it’s just a blessing,” said Simpson.
Finally, I asked Simpson what’s the part of his game that allowed him receive this offer.
”Actually, my athleticism and my offensive background. My that I mean, when I’m in coverage, I’m anticipating and realizing the routes that receivers are trying to run on me.”
Simpson and Williams are two names that we’ll be following over the next few years.