With spring practice underway, Pat Narduzzi and his coaches will be hosting many recruits over the next month.
Earlier this week, one of the players that attended a practice and met with the coaching staff was a local kid, 2019 Shaler offensive lineman Jeffrey Bonnette.
Bonnette is still looking for his first D-1 offer and is someone that’s going to land one after he attends some camps this summer. As far as his visit to Pitt, he was excited to continue the relationship.
“I’ve been talking with Coach Junko probably since November. A couple of weeks ago, Coach Junko asked me to come down to practice for a visit,” said Bonnette.
“It was great watching practice today (Thursday). It was the first day with pads and hitting for Pitt so I ended up coming down on a good day. I ended up talking to all the coaches and I met Coach Narduzzi. I also got a great tour of everywhere from Coach Junko.”
“This was my first time getting the chance to talk to and meeting Coach Narduzzi. He was a really nice guy and seems like a very energetic coach. He was running around the field a lot during practice watching the drills.”
I asked Bonnette what his impression was of watching a college practice.
“It was very high tempo. The players were running around from drill to drill, obviously everyone knows what they’re doing. It was pretty cool watching Jake Kradel practicing since I played against him in high school last year,” said Bonnette.
The big lineman from Shaler tells me that he’s currently hearing from schools like Virginia Tech, Toledo, Princeton, Yale and Towson.
“Schools are telling me they like the way I get to the second level and get to the linebackers and the way that I finish my blocks. They’re also telling me that I can work on my first steps. As far as getting a scholarship offer, a lot of schools are telling me that they want to meet and talk to me and my family in person.”
As far as upcoming visits, Bonnette is visiting Toledo next weekend and then returning for the spring game on April 14 and also Monmouth sometime in April.
As you can imagine, Bonnette is anxious to get that first offer which will take a big weight off of his shoulders.
As far as Pitt goes.
“If I could eventually get an offer from Pitt that would be a dream come true because I think every WPIAL kid dreams of playing for Pitt and staying home.”