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PITT 2019 JUNIOR SERIES: KAMERON BLOUNT
Kameron Blount, 6-2, 215, Inside Linebacker
St. Charles High School (Waldorf, Maryland)
This is the time of the year when college programs are stepping up their recruiting efforts of upcoming seniors. The goal is to get them on campus for a visit, make a positive impression and at some point land a commitment from them.
Kameron Blount is a player that the Pitt staff has had their eyes on for quite some time. Last May, they were the first program to offer him a scholarship but they’re going to have to fight off other programs in order to land a commitment from him.
This weekend, Blount made a trip down south to check out Wake Forest University, who have also have extended an offer to him. Following the visit, Pittsburgh Sports Now got his reaction plus got an update on where things stand with Pitt.
“I liked the visit, it was pretty cool,” Blount said. “I met with the head coach and he told me that he loved how I was a versatile player and that he would love to see me in a Wake Forest uniform and that going to Wake Forest would be a forty year plan not just a four year plan, so he has a life plan for me. After we talked and did a photo shoot, we went to the basketball game and it just seemed like a pretty cool environment.”
— Nikki Blount Jackson (@NikkiBJaxx417) February 17, 2018
With more schools contacting him and showing interest, Blount is starting to realize that when it comes time to make a decision that it’s going to be difficult because every school that he talks with has things that interest him.
“Yeah, I can tell now that this is going to be tough because I’m pretty much hearing a lot of the same things from these schools,” he said. “The thing that could set somebody apart is being with the players. That’s what the coach from Wake Forest told me, if I can get around the players more, I’d be able to see and hear how players view the college instead of hearing it from the coaches. Hearing it from players will probably make it more real.
“In the end, this will be hard because it’s a lifetime decision. You only get one chance to make a college decision unless you transfer. I need to factor in things like where do I want to go, how close I want to be to my family and things like that.”
Next, he talked about where things stand with Pitt and if he will be making another visit to the campus.
“Coach (Rob) Harley texted me two or three days ago and sent me an invite to Junior Day,” Blount said. “I don’t think that I’m going to be able to make that one but I’m definitely going to get there for a spring practice with Kyi Wright from Pennsylvania. We actually picked up offers from Pitt the same day last year on May 11. We talked recently and he told me that he wants to get over to a Pitt practice with me.
“The things I like about Pitt are the city life, the campus and the relationship they have with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s cool that they share things with them. I like Coach (Pat) Narduzzi, Coach Harley and Coach (Andre) Powell, my area recruiter. They just also seem genuine.”
After this season, Pitt will be graduating a few linebackers and the opportunity to have an impact early is appealing to Blount.
“That’s something real important to me is having the chance to play early and get that on-field experience,” he said. “When colleges tell me that they need linebackers and need people at my position, that’s exciting, but I know there’s a chance I can come in and play as a freshman.”
At this point, Blount holds offers from Pitt, Wake Forest, Indiana and Rutgers but tells me that he’s starting to receive interest from Notre Dame, Maryland, Northwestern, Virginia, Boston College, UConn and Temple (he’s visiting them tomorrow).
Blount is currently one of six junior inside linebackers that holds an offer from Pitt (Shane Lee, Maninoa Tufono, Jamir Thomas, Keith Magurie and Jacob Wahlberg).