In recent years, Pitt has been successful recruiting lineman from the WPIAL.
Well-regarded players like Alex Bookser, Brandon Ford, Gabe Houy, Jake Kradel, Blake Zubovic and Adam Bisnowaty are just some of the recent lineman that have decided to stay in Pittsburgh and play for their hometown school.
Could Thomas Jefferson offensive lineman Mac Duda be next?
Duda (6-4, 270) visited the Panthers this past weekend for their 54-45 win over the Duke Blue Devils.
“My communication started when I attended Pitt’s football camp in the summer,” said Duda. “When I was there, I was able to talk with Coach Borbely and Coach Narduzzi. Since then, we’ve had some on and off communication. They invited me to both the Albany game and then the Duke game.”
”At the summer camp, Coach Borbely told me that he wanted to see me work a bit on my pass blocking, which is something I agreed with. Since then, I’ve done that and think I’ve gotten better. That feedback from him really helped and I appreciated it.”
Duda is still waiting for that first offer and with the Class of 2020 starting to receive more attention from coaches, he’s looking forward to hearing from and meeting more college coaches.
“It’s hard for me to say I wouldn’t like and want the attention, I think most kids would,” said Duda. “More do than the publicity, I like that coaches will get to know me the person and talk to me about my game as a football player and possibly playing at the next level. It’s truly an honor that any coach would come see me. I think I’ve put in a lot of work and for that to get recognized in a small way is truly an honor.”
As far as the visit to Pitt, Duda enjoyed the day and hopes to return soon.
”I just love the atmosphere at Pitt, it’s football in Pittsburgh. I really think Coach Narduzzi is building something good there, I really do. With two of my former teammates there, Devin and Noah, it’s really exciting what’s going on down there,” said Duda.
”If Pitt would offer, it would mean a lot it really would. An offer would mean the world to me because that mean that a program like Pitt believes in me and thinks that I can play at that level. It would mean the world to me.”