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Pitt has not signed a scholarship recruit from the state of Michigan since recently graduated cornerback Avonte Maddox, but it sounds like they’re in good shape to end that streak.
While on a visit last week with a bunch of his high school teammates, Pitt extended an offer to Cass Tech’s Ormondell Dingle and it’s made a big impression on the talented Class of 2019 safety.
Dingle (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is a 3-star athlete from Detroit and currently holds offers from Syracuse, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Washington State, Temple, Toledo and Central Michigan.
This morning, PSN spoke with Dingle about the offer, his visit to Pittsburgh and found out that Pitt is currently his top school.
“To be honest, everything about Pitt stood out to me,” Dingle said. “I love Pitt and they’ve always been one of my favorite schools. It felt like home and I loved everything about it … Just the way they play football, the way the coaches treat me and the relationship I see that the coaches have with all of the players. I just love how they play football and I can see myself in that system.”
Dingle has been visiting Pitt with his team yearly since his freshman season and on this trip, he got the news about the offer from someone he is very familiar with, secondary coach Archie Collins.
“Coach Archie pulled me into his office and told me I had the offer,” Dingle said. “Coach Archie is one of my favorite coaches and I’ve known him since he was at Central Michigan and he offered me there too. He’s just a cool guy and that offer meant a lot because Pitt is my favorite school. … Coach Archie is an energetic, genuine guy and will always tell you the way it is and he’ll look out for you. He really cares for his players and it shows.”
Dingle believes his biggest strength is his ability to hit and tackle. In fact, because of those skills, despite playing safety in high school, Pitt has offered him as a linebacker.
“I’m OK with wherever they’d want to put me,” Dingle said. “Linebacker sounds good to me.”
Is Dingle ready to make a decision?
“Time frame wise, I don’t have an exact day but I plan on doing it real soon, probably by the end of April.”