Pat Narduzzi and his assistants were busy making offers this week to a number of high school juniors. In a handful of cases, it was some of these players first offer.
This was the case with 2020 running back Tyree Nelson from Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia.
Yesterday, Archie Collins informed Nelson that he had earned a scholarship from Pitt. This morning, Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with Nelson about his lifelong dream of getting a Power Five offer.
”First thing I did was call my mom to tell her right away because I was at track practice,” Nelson said. “She was very happy for me and then I called my uncle. Then my coach called me and he was happy for me.
“It was so exciting. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a Power Five offer because not a lot of teams were talking to me.”
While he’s been hearing from a handful of teams Pitt was first to make it official and the communication process got underway earlier this week.
“Coach Collins offered me. On Monday, he came to my school and watched my film and liked it. I’m a big guy that’s fast and I’m more of a inside power back and can catch the ball out of the backfield.”
Nelson said a couple things that he’s working on are his footwork and his speed, which is one of the reasons he joined the track team.
— Tyree Nelson (@ty_str88) November 12, 2018
Now that he has the offer, Nelson says he plans on doing some research on the Pitt football program and the university. One thing he does know is that Pitt has a good physical therapy program which is what he plans on majoring in.
Nelson will be busy over the next month making Junior Day visits to Tennessee State, Memphis, East Carolina.
As far as visiting Pitt, Nelson says he’d like to and is working on transportation for the long trip from Atlanta to Pittsburgh.