The Pitt football program hosted a handful of recruits today and one of them left the visit with an offer.
Cardinal Mooney High School 2019 3-star inside linebacker Luke Fulton from Youngstown, Ohio found out the news from head coach Pat Narduzzi.
Getting scholarship offers isn’t anything new to Fulton as today’s from Pitt becomes his 29th. Prior to today, Fulton received offers from schools such as Boston College, California, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia.
“I visited Pitt last year for two games and went to camp there, but I never really got the chance to spend that much time in the facilities,” Fulton said. “Today was really great, I got to sit in all the different meetings (positional and defensive meetings) so I really got to get a feel for everything. Right after that, I went and watched the practice, so I got to watch them follow through with what they were talking about in the meetings. After that, I got to eat with the team and talk really in-depth one-on-one with the coaches. Finally, I got to take a tour of the campus so I really got a whole lot of questions answered today and got a really good feel for the program.”
As Fulton mentioned, he came into this visit with some things he wanted to hear and see from the Pitt program and left with a really good feeling.
“I feel like the best way to feel out the program is to see how the players interact, how the practices are run, how my position coach runs things and how he carries himself and runs a practice,” he said “It was really nice to see and get a definite answer to questions that I had prior to today.
“I thought Coach Harley was great. He was a really energetic guy and really passionate. I was also able to have lunch with him and talk for about 30 minutes. He was very honest and straightforward about things and told me what he envisioned me as. It was really good to talk to him.”
Fulton took away a feeling of how much of a priority he is for the Pitt program.
“Probably more so than with other programs that I’ve been at, I got the feeling of, ‘Wow, I’m really important to these guys,'” he said. “They treated me really well the whole day and I really felt wanted.”
The feeling of being wanted was capped off when Fulton finished the visit by meeting with Narduzzi and hearing he had an offer from Pitt.
“At the end of the day, I met with Coach Narduzzi in his office and we sat down and were talking for a while,” Fulton said. “He explained to me how they loved how I played. We also talked a lot about Youngstown because he went to the rival school in Youngstown so he knows a lot about where I’m growing up and where I live.
“He then said, ‘I want to let you know that you have a scholarship offer from Pitt,’ which was really cool.”
So, after what he saw and heard today, where does Pitt stand with Fulton?
“I think Pitt is a really great option,” he said. “Pitt will definitely be a school that I seriously consider. I think the opportunity to play ACC football an hour from home is kind of too good of an opportunity not to seriously consider. Pitt definitely sits really well with me.”