Not only is Pitt busy hosting recruits with offers from the school, they’re also hosting players that could eventually earn a scholarship down the line.
One of those players was at practice on Thursday.
2019 linebacker Jestohn Moore (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) made the short drive from Morgantown, West Virginia to take in the Panthers’ final practice of the week. At this point, Pitt hasn’t extended an offer but Moore enjoyed the day and is excited about a possible future with the Pitt football program.
“I’ve actually been a Pitt fan for a long time. My brother got recruited by Pitt and they’ve always been one of my favorite schools. One day, Coach Harley started following me on Twitter and he said that he loved my film and wanted me to change a few things so I did that. He invited me down for a couple of prior spring practices but because of school, I couldn’t make them. So, yesterday (Wednesday) was my first day of spring break so I decided to come out for a visit,” said Moore.
“As far as what I saw, I was impressed by everything really. The Pitt program showed great hospitality and all the coaches were so friendly. They really treated you like a family down there and it was such a great atmosphere. It wasn’t like some places where everyone is so serious and they never seem like they have fun. At Pitt, you can tell that everyone is having fun with that they’re doing.”
Following the practice, Moore had an opportunity to talk with both Pat Narduzzi and Rob Harley and it was more than just about football.
“We talked a lot about the defense and me coming back for some camps this summer and getting to know the program more. I also talked with Coach Duzz about being from Morgantown, how there’s not a lot to do there except football and going to the lake. People from West Virginia consider the lake a big deal and also talked about how my grandparents are from Lake Erie,” said Moore.
“Talking with Coach Narduzzi was so easy it wasn’t even like I was talking with a head coach. It was like I was talking with any other person and someone I had been talking with my entire life.”
Moore is still looking for his first D-1 scholarship and would love for the first one to come from the Pitt Panthers.
“I would love to get an offer from the University of Pittsburgh because it’s always been one of my dream schools. It’s close to home, my parents could come to every game and if I would get an offer from them, there would be a high probability that I’d end up going there.”
Moore tells me that aside from Pitt, he’s also hearing from Kentucky, Marshall, West Virginia, Temple, UConn and Florida Atlantic.
The West Virginia linebacker will have a chance to spend more time with the Pitt coaches because he tells me he’ll be back to Pittsburgh for practice on April 7 and for the Spring Game on April 14.