Over the last two years, Lackawanna College has become a hot spot for Pitt football recruiting.
In the Class of 2018, Pitt received a commitment from offensive lineman Chase Brown and also landed teammate Devon Davis as a preferred walk-on. This year, they’re recruiting three of their teammates.
Safety Jaquan Brisker and offensive tackle Anthony Whigan already had offers and now one of their teammate has a Pitt offer. While attending their practice yesterday, Tim Salem extended an offer to defensive lineman Savion Williams.
This was big news for Williams because it was his first Power Five offer.
“We were doing 3-on-3’s in practice and after the drill was over, my head coach came over to me and said come shake my hand,” Williams said. “I said what’s up coach and he then told me I had an offer from Pitt and I was like wow because this was my first big offer.”
Williams could barely contain his excitement at the news.
“Being in JUCO, this has been a long journey for me,” he said. “A year ago as I was coming out of high school, I was just trying to figure out what I wanted to do in my life. My grades weren’t in order and I had to figure things out. I’m just glad that these coaches were able to give me another opportunity. I’m just blessed.”
To figure out the type of player Williams is, all you need to do is see his Twitter name, “QB’s Worst Nightmare.”
“I’m 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, I play defensive end and defensive tackle,” he said. “I think do well is translate my power into speed. My coaches tell me that I have a good get-off from the snap. When I came here, we played a 3-4 defense which was an adjustment for me having to play defensive end but it’s worked well. I’m pretty sure in college I’ll play defensive tackle.”
As far as knowledge about Pitt, the top thing Williams pointed out was a pretty well-known former Pitt defensive tackle.
”One of my favorite defensive players went there: Aaron Donald,” Williams said. “I study and watch a lot of film of him. I try and relate my game to his in terms of the way he uses his hands.”
Although they haven’t offered yet, teams such as West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland and South Carolina have been in contact with Williams.
”I’m definitely making a visit to Pitt,” he said. “I’m probably not going to start making visits until after spring and Pitt is definitely one of them.”