Considering the number of players they’ve offered from that state, it comes as no surprise that Pitt’s first commitment for the Class of 2019 has come from Florida.
This afternoon, linebacker Leslie Smith from Miami Northwestern High School gave a verbal commitment to Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.
Smith (6-0, 195) tells PSN that Pitt is looking at him as a future linebacker or safety.
Smith gave Narduzzi the news while talking to him in his office following today’s prospect camp.
“Pitt just really wanted me and it felt like home,” Smith said. “I felt the love and energy here and want to continue my athletic and academic career here.
“I was very excited to make this decision and all the coaches were excited for me. I was excited to be the first one to be able to sign the team ball and be the first player to commit.”
Smith described how he told Narduzzi he was going to be a future Pitt Panther.
”He called me into his office after the camp and we talked,” Smith said. “He told me how much they liked me and really wanted me bad. I told him that I want to be here and that I’m committing. He then got very excited and hugged me.”
Now that his decision is out of the way, Smith said he plans on turning into a recruiter for all the Florida players that will make official visits this coming weekend:
“I want all of my guys to do the same thing I did, I want us all to ball.”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story listed Smith as a three-star recruit. He has not yet been ranked by any of the major recruiting services.