East Allegheny receiver Tyler Padezan is one of a group of local recruits that the Pitt coaches are evaluating for their Class of 2020.
Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek and Mars offensive tackle Michael Carmody are the only local juniors to currently hold offers from Pitt.
Could the talented wideout eventually join that group?
Padezan was part of a big group of local players that were on hand yesterday at Heinz Field for Pitt’s 54-45 win over Duke.
“My contact with them started when Coach Narduzzi messaged me in early September and told me how he liked my game film and that he liked what I was doing,” said Padezan. “He told me to keep up the good and would like to see me come to some games. I was then invited to the game vs. Georgia Tech. After that, Coach Sherman had a conversation with my head coach about invited me to the Duke game yesterday.”
“The fact that Pitt has shown interest has definitely got me excited and has given me extra motivation to do better and strive for greatness. I feel that it’s very important that they’re looking at me. I love Pitt.”
He also loved his day yesterday at Pitt and something in particular stood out to him and made him feel good.
“It stood out to me that a lot of the coaches and even the position coach recognized me and remembered me from coming to past games,” said Padezan. “It was great that they remembered me and made me feel at home.”
Padezan tells me that right now the biggest strength of his game is his route running ability and the thing that he wants to work on his speed.
Aside from Pitt, Padezan is hearing from Penn State, Michigan State and Syracuse but an offer from Pitt would be huge for him.
“It would mean a lot to me. Pitt is my hometown team and for them to feel that I’m able to play at the next level and for a great program like Pitt would mean everything to me.”
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— Tyler Padezan (@TylerPadezan) November 15, 2017