Brian Ugwa is a name we haven’t heard about for months, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t on Pitt’s radar. In fact, Pat Narduzzi recently made a visit to New Jersey and Pitt remains very high on Ugwa’s recruiting board.
Saturday afternoon, Ugwa (6’3”, 210) talked to Pittsburgh Sports Now about his talk with Narduzzi and his interest level in Pitt.
“Pitt was the first team to offer me and since then, they’ve shown constant love and interest,” said Ugwa. “On Thursday, Coach Narduzzi came to my school and talked to my coach. They see me being able to play three positions: running back, linebacker and defensive end.
“Coach Narduzzi called me that day and told me they have a great amount of interest in me and like me at all three positions. He told me that despite them having a high amount of commitments already, he tells me that he still wants me to come play for them.”
Although he’s skilled enough to play multiple positions, what position does Ugwa feels suits him best in college?
”This year, I felt playing running back was my best position,” said Ugwa. “I think I got really good at it. Coach Narduzzi, Coach Salem and Coach Powell, they saw my tape and want me at running back, too. I feel that’s my strongest position, but I also think I can be a pass rusher too.”
With it being only four days from the December early signing day, Ugwa gave PSN an update on where he stands.
“I’ve always liked Pitt and they’ve been a school that I grew up liking, not only football-wise but for their academics,” said Ugwa. “It made me happy that they were the first school to offer me and recognize my skill and potential. Although other schools have quieted down their interest, Pitt hasn’t. That means a lot. Pitt is definitely up there. I’m not sure yet if I’ll be deciding in December. I definitely want to go back out there. I was there for an unofficial but never for an official.”
It sounds like Ugwa is leaning towards making a decision in February. Unlike most recruits, Ugwa hasn’t made the December signing day a priority and instead has placed a heavy emphasis on his academics and his senior season.
Ugwa is a consensus three-star recruit with offers from Boston College, Buffalo, UConn, Duke, Kent State, Minnesota, Nebraska, NC State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Toledo, Temple, Virginia and Yale.