The “dead period” in college football recruiting ended yesterday and Pitt wasted no time in hosting a visitor.
2020 quarterback Will Howard (6-4, 205) from Downington, Pennsylvania spent the day visiting Pitt and talking with offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.
Last night, PSN caught up with Howard to get his impression of what he saw and heard.
“My high school coaches were talking with Coach Watson earlier this year at clinics and then they contacted me and wanted me to come out to one of their camps,” said Howard. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it then but Pitt is a school that really interests me especially after what I saw today. Since I couldn’t make it to the camps, I was able to work it out with Coach Watson to come today. It was awesome and I’m really glad I was able to make it out there.”
“I’ve never been on campus and it really impressed me. First, we took a tour of campus and went to the Cathedral of Learning, which blew me away, that was absolutely crazy. I loved it. Especially all of the nationality rooms,” said Howard.
“Then we went to the facility and I thought it was really cool how they share facilities with the Steelers. The coaches told me sometimes practices overlap and it’s cool to be able to watch them practice and see how they work and the dedication they have to the game. It’s motivating to be able to see that while you’re in college.”
Howard was able to talk a bit with Pat Narduzzi but spent the majority of his time with Watson.
“The big thing that he said he likes in his quarterbacks is that he wants [them] to build and have strong relationships with his guys,” said Howard. “As he said it, he wants four guys in that room that he feels like he’s developing [as] four quarterbacks and four assistant coaches. He’s also big into attitude and said the four pillars of Pitt football are effort, attitude, knowledge and toughness and that’s what Pitt football is all about.”
Howard tells me that strengths of his games are his strong arm and accuracy but over the next couple of years wants to work on his consistency.
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— Will Howard (@whoward_) November 20, 2017
At this point, Rutgers is Howard’s lone Power Five offer. This weekend, he’ll be visiting Syracuse and has camped at Temple and previously visited Boston College, North Carolina and Duke.
As far as Pitt goes, they want to see more live action.
“Coach Watson told me that he wants to see me throw in person and you can’t base everything off of film. They want me to come back and said that he’ll make it out to some games, probably during their bye week and would be keeping a close eye on me.”