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Pitt Showing Interest in Virginia Running Back Eugene Asante

Pitt Showing Interest in Virginia Running Back Eugene Asante

Pat Narduzzi is looking to add one, possibly two (Daniel Carter) running backs to this year’s recruiting class.

Pittsburgh Sports Now believes that Pitt is focused on Ohio’s Brandon Wright but another big back could be entering the picture.

Eugene Asante (6-1, 211) from Chantilly, Virginia has a similar build to Wright and appears to be someone the Pitt staff is considering extending an offer to depending on what happens with Wright.

Asante is one of the many players that worked out recently for the coaches at the Pitt prospect camp.

“I came up to Pitt on June 9 but prior to that, Coach Powell stopped by my school and talked to me about coming to work out in front of the coaches,” said Asante. “After the camp, I talked with Coach Narduzzi for awhile and he told me that he liked what he saw. After that, Coach Narduzzi and Coach Powell gave me a tour of the campus and we had a nice talk about the great history of running backs at Pitt. I had a great time.”

Although it was probably a tough question for him to answer, I asked Asante where does he believe he stands right now with Pitt?

“I think I’m in a very good position with them and I’ve been getting great feedback from them. I talked with Coach Powell not too long ago. The coaches told me that if I ran a 4.6 or better that I’d be in good position and I think I ran a 4.5 for them. At 211 pounds, I think that’s pretty good,” said Asante.

“I think I’m a player that will be tenacity, toughness and durability. Not many backs can say that they’ve gone through 15 game seasons for three straight seasons [his team has won three straight Virginia state championships]. I have a durability to get after it and I power approach to my game. All of that are reasons why I believe they’re evaluating me.”

Despite his talent and being rated as a 3-star prospect by 247 Sports, Asante is still looking for his first offer. What would an offer from Pitt mean to him?

“An offer from Pitt would mean so much to me,” said Asante. “It would also mean the world to my family. I’m currently staying and training with my brother. My dad just got released from the hospital and my mom who is taking care of him calls me every day and checks on me and makes sure I’m working 110% everyday in my training. My brother who played at Nebraska and played in the NFL, didn’t get a scholarship right out of high school and had to go to a junior-college to acquire that scholarship from Nebraska. An offer from Pitt would mean everything to my father because truthfully he’s the biggest Pitt football fan because of Tony Dorsett. A Pitt offer would mean a lot to my whole family.”

So as we track Pitt filling out the rest of their Class of 2019, let’s keep an eye on the name Eugene Asante.

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