The big Pitt news of the day is the departure of John Peterson as offensive line coach. It just so happens that Pitt’s big recruiting visit of the day is impacted by that news.
It’s no secret that Rice grad transfer offensive tackle Calvin Anderson was a big fan of Peterson. Today, he had a chance to talk to Pat Narduzzi in person about the change and to bring up any concerns that he had. Pitt is one of the schools that Anderson is considering transferring to for the 2018 season.
After spending the morning with Narduzzi and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, Anderson spoke to PSN about what he heard today from Pitt.
“I talked to Coach Narduzzi and Coach Watson about that because that obviously was a concern of mine. They have a list of who they’re looking at. They were honest and were very proactive about it and they’ve known about it. It was kind of unfortunate that I didn’t know about what was going on while it was going on. So yeah, that was my biggest concern coming into today. Prior to this news, I was quite comfortable about what I’d learned about Pitt so we’re going to have to see. They promised me that they would let me know when they have a new guy and would keep me involved in the process. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how that goes, so we’ll see how this plays out,” said Anderson.
Today’s visit was the first chance for Anderson to personally talk with both Narduzzi and Watson and seemed to enjoy the day.
“The first impression was great. He was an outgoing guy and was very bubbly and energetic. We had the chance to talk about a number of things and he seemed like a very genuine person and I think we hit it off pretty well.”
Over the weekend, Anderson took the first of his five official visits as he visited Texas. This coming weekend, he tells PSN that he’ll be in Ann Arbor visiting with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. I asked Anderson if Pitt’s search for a new line coach and his wanting to make official visits negatively impact Pitt’s chances of getting a visit.
“The beautiful thing about this decision-making process for me is that every decision that I make will be very thought out . I don’t think they’ll be a timing issue. I’m going to think things through and when it comes time to decide if I’m going to visit or not, it will be well thought out. Everything happens for a reason and when it comes time to decide, I’ll have all the knowledge I need. I don’t think timing will be an issue.”