Pitt is the first program to to make an official connection with a prospect from Florida.
Class of 2019 running back Lavelton Williams from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale received an offer from Charlie Partridge and the Panthers. It was Williams’ first Division I offer.
“The Pitt coaches contacted me when I moved to American Heritage High School and that’s when the first communication started,” Williams said. “The communication has been good and I’m fortunate enough that it’s turned into an offer and I’m blessed that I’m in the position I am today.
“Overall, Pitt is a great academic school which is something that’s important to me because football isn’t forever. I would be able to get a good degree from there. Football wise, Pitt has always been a good program that’s produced NFL players. Larry Fitzgerald has always been one of my favorite players and it’s just an honor to have the opportunity to play there.”
The first offer is always very special and that’s certainly the case for Williams.
“Waiting for that first offer was stressful because a lot of my friends in South Florida, which is a football hotbed, already have multiple offers and I’m just siting there, biding my time just waiting,” he said. “When Coach Partridge gave me the news, it was so surreal. It’s a Power Five school, you get to play at a good academic school and you get to be watched on Saturdays. The moment was just almost out-of-body like. It’s something you dream about all the time and when it happens it’s like puts you in awe,” said Williams.
After getting the special news, who was the first person Williams told? His mother, of course.
“My mom and I always have good conversations and she always told me to stay patient, my time would come,” he said. “I always listened to her and it happened. I then told my dad, who’s always supported me in my football career all the way back to little league and he’s always been right there for me.”
Williams describes himself as a back that brings it every play. He says he’s capable of stretching the play wide or running between the tackles and grew up trying to pattern himself after Frank Gore. Aside from Pitt, Williams tells PSN that he’s getting interest from Nebraska, Toledo and Syracuse. Williams hopes to make a visit soon to check out Pittsburgh and the Pitt program very soon.