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As we approach Pitt Junior Day this Saturday, more players’ names are starting to trickle out.
This annual event will be a combination of players that Pitt has offered already and are hoping to eventually get a commitment from and also players who they’re evaluating and could eventually offer.
Two players who fall into that second category are Ricky Williams Jr. and Ja’Quay Hubbard.
The outside linebacker Williams (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) is coming a long way to attend Junior Day as he’s from Kennesaw, Georgia.
“I’ve been talking to Pitt since my junior year started and I have been wanting an offer from them since I first started high school,” said Williams.
“I’m visiting Pitt because I have always been interested in them. I’m looking forward to seeing the campus along with the coaches and especially the uniforms. I’m a longtime fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and always have wanted to be apart of Pittsburgh and the culture, I just love all of it”
I asked Williams if he and the Pitt coaches have discussed the possibilities of a scholarship?
“Yes, we have discussed possibilities of an offer and it is very possible. I’m planning on attending a prep school after being reclassified but I can still be signed with the 2018 class. To get an offer from Pittsburgh would be more than a dream come true. I would say “mission accomplished” for college but that’s just the first step in my career and I would want nothing but to contribute and work hard for such a prestigious football program,” said Williams.
Another player that’s visiting has a shorter trip than coming from Georgia.
Ja’Quay Hubbard is a giant offensive tackle (6-foot-6, 345 pounds) from Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.
At thus point, Hubbard holds two major offers from Virginia and Mississippi State but hopes that grows to three this weekend.
“I have a great relationship with the Pitt coaching staff. I feel as if they have been recruiting me the hardest and longest (December of sophomore season) even before I’ve had any of these offers and that means a lot because it shows it’s genuine,” said Hubbard.
“My reason for visiting this weekend is to get a better feel for the campus and enjoy the environment once again. I’m also looking forward to meeting the new offensive line coach and trying to build a great relationship with him. It’s going to be a great day.”
By the end of the weekend, Hubbard is hopeful and confident that he might get good news from Pat Narduzzi.
“I feel that an offer is coming from Pitt due to the work ethic that I’ve shown over the time they have been recruiting me and my junior year film. An offer will mean a lot from Pitt because they have been recruiting me for a long time.”