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Recruits Reaction to Pitt Football Junior Day



It was an eventful Junior Day as Pitt hosted a bunch of underclassman, offered a few players and received a commitment.

This morning, Pittsburgh Sports Now has reached out to a number of the players that were with Pitt yesterday in order to get their reaction to the day. As we hear back from players, we’ll continue to add to this post.

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Ken Talley, 2022 WR/DE, Philadelphia, PA.

“My day at Pitt was great better than I expected. I loved it, as soon as I walked in I was greeted by multiple coach’s during the registration process. After the registration I was given a tour by Coach Corey Sanders. He was very welcoming and made it like home. Our first stop was the alumni hall. It was really cool seeing how they have a bunch of people in the league and still supporting. Then we took pictures in the uniform which was amazing. We made our way to the meeting room watched the Pitt vs Virginia Tech which was a blowout,  then Coach Pat Narduzzi talked to us and the rest of the coaching staff. Soon after, we went to position meeting then hopped on the buses to view the language classes and the life skills program which were very informing. Then we went to the basketball game and they sadly lost but my time there was great.”

Courtesy of Ken Talley

Chase Mitchell, 2020 offensive lineman/defensive tackle, Washington High School:
“Pitt was really great. I loved the atmosphere. Pittsburgh is a great city that I’ll always love. I really touched base with all the coaches. The game was awesome with crazy fans and even crazier food.”

Malcolm Britt, 2020 linebacker, Chesapeake, Virginia:
“I enjoyed the position meetings early on with the linebackers coach. It allowed me to be able to see his way of thinking as a coach and some of the different schemes I might run on defense. It was good to see they basically have a over hang LB which they called the star that does the same things I do at my current high school. I liked that there is a lot of support around you from day one when you step on campus. They talked all day about life once the air goes out of the ball and that’s important to me. Another thing that stood out was the position coach was down to earth and how he teaches the basics and you’re expected to execute and he also talked about having fun each day when you come in everyday. I could see myself as a Pitt football player and look forward to learning more about the program.”

Courtesy Malcolm Britt

Nicholas Dawkins, 2020 Offensive Lineman/Defensive Tackle, Allentown, PA:
“Pitt was an amazing experience. It was my first time in Pittsburgh and I was blown back by how great the city is. Their facilities were top notch as well as back to back with the Steelers. I loved talking with the coaching staff and the student section at the basketball game really stood out. It’s a very embracing university.”

Courtesy of Nicholas Dawkins

Nahki Johnson, 2021 Tight End/Defensive End, Steel Valley High School:
“I really enjoyed my trip to Pitt. It’s always good to know your hometown team has love for you. The coaching staff showed me so much hospitality and that’s something that stood out to me and made me feel even more at home. It feels like every time I come back to Pitt, they know me more and more personally.”

Courtesy of Nahki Johnson

Corban Hondru, 2021 Linebacker, Peters Township High School:
“Pitt was a great experience for me. I had a great time meeting different coaches and staff members. My favorite part was sitting down with positional coaches and talking about different schemes and what they like from their linebackers.”

Courtesy of Corban Hondru

Tommy Lorincz, 2020 Offensive Tackle, Avon, Ohio:
“I had an amazing time at Pitt! The coaches were very welcoming and really interactive with the players. It was great to hear from Coach Borbely about the expectations for their lineman and what they look for in players. I also loved the focus on academics and the support teams that they provide for their players. Everyone there wants the players to succeed on and off the field. I just felt a great sense of family within the team and I can’t wait to visit again.”

Courtesy of Tommy Lorincz

Dorien Ford, 2021 Defensive End, Baldwin High School:

“Yesterday, my day went very well. I got to meet a lot of the coaching staff face to face. All of the coaches are really cool. Then we went on a little tour and met the AD’s and they kept everything real with us. Talking about the grades and requirements to get there and if you struggle in there they have tutoring every day. Also what stood out to me is thats everyone is like a big family there .”

Courtesy of Dorien Ford

Dominick Thomas, 2020 DL, South Fayette High School:

”My experience at Pitt was amazing. The coaches were awesome and made me feel at home. The thing that stood out to me was the acedemic support they provide for the student athletes.”

Courtesy of Dominick Thomas

Brandon Niemenski, 2020 TE/OLB, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania:
“There is nothing bad you can say about Pitt. The campus is beautiful, the coaching staff is amazing and the facilities are top of the line. What I liked the most about it is how they really make you feel like family.”

Courtesy of Brandon Niemenski

Beau Brade, 2020 3-star safety, Clarksville, Maryland (Has Pitt Offer):

“Pitt was nice, I had a good time. At first, we saw the athletic facilities, then went to the Cathedral of Learning which was amazing. I liked the university and the city of Pittsburgh. And at the end even though their basketball team lost it was a good game and experience.”

Courtesy of Beau Brade

Courtesy of Beau Brade

Marques Watson-Trent, 2020 Safety, Blackhawk High School:

“I felt like Pitt went very well. The coaches were very interactive with the students and you could tell that they love their jobs. I had prior contact with the coaches already so it was just me learning more about them and vice versa. I got to talk a little with Coach Narduzzi and I mostly talked to my position coach, Coach Collins, so that was nice. I got to learn about their defense and showed them what I liked and what I know about different coverages. The tour of the actual facility was just magnificent, you don’t understand how beautiful the campus is until you get inside and see it. So that was something different I haven’t seen already and I really liked it. The athletic tutors and educators were awesome, you could tell that they really take their job serious and care about their students. Education is the biggest part for me so I felt that Pitt offers one of the best educational environments. The food there was very good I might’ve ate a little too much😂🤫 but overall I felt that the Junior Day in a whole was a complete success on their part and definitely left a mark on me going forward.”

Courtesy of Marques Watson-Trent

JB Nelson, 2020 Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle, Mt. Lebanon High School:

”Pitt went great. I love the coaching staff there and  I just had a great time. It was extremely positive. What I liked the most is that you’re not alone academically. You have help any time you need it and they prepare you for life after college very well. H2P!”

Courtesy of JB Nelson

Jake Guy, 2021 Offensive Tackle, Don Bosco Prep (New Jersey):

”I had an amazing day at Pitt. I felt welcomed and comfortable and hope to be back soon. I love the educational support they offer to not let there kids fail and make sure to keep them on task. I also loved talking with the offensive line coach as a group about what he looks for in a lineman and certain schemes. So with that all being said, I had a great day and hope to be back soon”

Courtesy of Jake Guy

A’meer Allen, 2020 DT/DE, Central Catholic High School:

”I feel like the day went great. The position meetings at the start was my favorite part. I got to see what terms and techniques Coach Partridge taught the defensive line at Pitt and watch a little film on those things. The academic support team that Pitt has stood out to me the most. They showed us the typical schedule of a student athlete, specifically football players. The academic team at Pitt seems very supportive and focused on making sure you graduate. The campus is great and the overall environment is amazing.“

A’meer Allen

Amaar Allen, 2020 DE/DT, Central Catholic High School:

“It was great, we ate breakfast and the food was perfect. I really like how everyone seems like a family and all the coaches and current players were super welcoming. We went on a tour of the Cathedral and visited classrooms that were designed by different ethnic groups from the 1920’s. The thing that stood out the most is the word family. Throughout the day everyone said if we decide to attend Pitt, we are an extension of their family. The coaches preached that having a team that is together and building strong relationships with your teammates and coaches is what’s most important. However, they did remind us that there is life after football and showed us the academic side of the University of Pittsburgh. They were able to answer any questions regarding academics and made sure we knew that you go to college to learn first and then play ball.”

A’meer and Amaar Allen

Miguel Jackson, 2021 Defensive End, Pine-Richland High School:

”I enjoyed my first junior day. I felt like the staff had a connection with me and was very welcoming. Coach Partridge was very welcoming while showing me around the facilities and the campus. I also enjoyed the presentations they shared giving me an idea of what it is like for a student athlete at Pitt. I really enjoyed the visit.”

Courtesy of Miguel Jackson

Jonah Jones, 2020 linebacker, Virginia Beach, Virginia:

“Overall, it was a great experience. I loved the coaching staff and the facilities. The mentality of the coaches and the want to win and be the best really stood out. With the academics side, I loved that there was so much help offered to you and the guidance. You can always have someone to help you with school work or just being a better person. As I said, overall Pitt was a great experience and I can’t wait to see what the future brings with this school. H2P!”

Courtesy of Jonah Jones

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