A strong camp performance can often lead to a scholarship. Reading (PA) Berks Catholic High School linebacker Brandon George (6-foot-3 ½ inches, 235 pounds) was one of the fortunate to experience this last Sunday.
“Last year, my sophomore year, I started talking with Coach Harley. Communication kind of died down a little bit. At the end of my junior season, they started contacting me again. Coach Sanders started talking with me a little big and invited me out to camp,” said George. “I attended camp yesterday. I truly didn’t expect to receive an offer when I was there. I went through a bunch of drills. I started off at linebacker then moved to defensive end for pass rush. I went through a couple drills at defensive end. Coach Narduzzi approached me and told me I might be close to an offer. He asked me if I would consider coming back for a visit. I was excited about the conversation.”
“I finished camp and they told me to stick around a little bit. I thanked Coach (Charlie) Partridge, (Randy) Bates, (Corey) Sanders and (Rob) Harley. They told me they wanted me to walk across the way and tour the Pitt facility across from the indoor practice facility. We finished the tour then they told me Coach Narduzzi wanted to talk with me. I met with Coach Narduzzi and that’s when he told me I had a scholarship (to Pitt).”
George has received 11 scholarship offers including Pitt, Wake Forest, Temple, Albany, Colgate, Fordham, Holy Cross, Howard, New Hampshire and Towson. Pitt would initially like to try him at Mike linebacker (middle linebacker). “I’m 6-foot-3 inches tall so if I grow to another inch or two, I could end up with my hands in the dirt and playing defensive end. You don’t see too many 6-foot-5 inch middle linebackers,” he said.
When asked about his thoughts on Pitt, he stated “I really liked it there. I really like the coaching staff from top to bottom. I met Coach Narduzzi, Partridge, Sanders, Bates and Harley. I really enjoyed how those guys teach their positions. I like how they get their point across and their intensity. You get a really good feeling about them when you meet them and talk with them.”
Pitt, Wake Forest and Temple have been in the most contact with George. He would like to make a final decision sometime in July. “I’m looking to commit in July. I don’t want to go into my senior season undecided. It’s not fair to my teammates to have that preoccupy my mind,” he said.
When asked about his strengths on the football field, he stated, “I feel like it’s my versatility. I am tall enough and physical enough to be a defensive end. My hips are fluid and flexible and I can drop back into coverage. I have an attitude as well. I won’t let you get another yard unless you earn it.”
Although George had his parents with him on Sunday, he would like to return to Pitt to take an academic tour.
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru