As we’ve already reported, Texas 2018 cornerback Erick Hallett gave a commitment to Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers today.
When PSN spoke to him last week, it was obvious that Pitt had a very strong chance of landing this 3-star cornerback primarily because of his past relationship with defensive coordinator Randy Bates.
Moments ago, PSN spoke to Hallett about the factors that went into his decision today.
“I just really felt comfortable when I was there and I could just imagine how I’d feel a couple of years with Coach Bates, Coach Narduzzi and the rest of the coaching staff. In the end, I felt that it was a great fit for me,” said Hallett.
I asked Hallett if he had an idea that he’d eventually be committing to Pitt soon after receiving the offer from them?
“No, not at the time because I didn’t know much about the school. I didn’t know the coaches, didn’t know about the players and didn’t know what the program was about. It wasn’t until I went there on an official visit and had a chance to spend time with the coaches that I came to my final decision.”
Prior to the visit, Hallett knew of Bates but never had much of a chance to speak at length with Narduzzi. But after doing so, he came away impressed and knew that he was a man he wanted to play for.
“He seems like a really down to earth guy who really cares about his players. He cares about the team as a whole and not just about football but academically and socially and how we’re doing in life. To me, he seems a lot more like a mentor than just a football coach,” said Hallett.
Hallett tells us that it was Narduzzi who he called first last night to tell of his college decision and he was obviously very excited about the news. Speaking of excited, Hallett is excited and glad that the recruiting process is over with and he can start preparing for the next chapter in his life.
“It’s been a blessing to have this so-called problem [laughing] out of the way. It is a relief and I can know get down to business start doing what I love to do.”