Pat Narduzzi and Pitt have placed a heavy emphasis on recruiting the state of Georgia and tonight they were rewarded for it.
3-star wide receiver Jaylon Barden (Macon, Georgia) gave a commitment to Pitt, becoming the 3rd commitment in their Class of 2019.
PSN talked with Barden after his decision and asked why tonight was the right time to make the decision.
”My mom, dad and I talked over it,” said Barden. “My mom didn’t go with me on my unofficial visit. But my dad and I did and the way the staff treated me and me dad was better than any other school did. They welcomed us and treated us like family as soon as we walked in the door. They also told me that if I went there, that they were going to play me.”
”I called and told Coach Narduzzi and he was very excited. After I committed, he told that they were now only going to get one more receiver. If I didn’t commit, he said he would’ve went after three or four receivers. He said my committing tonight made his day.”
The past three days, college players were realizing their dream by getting drafted and tonight Barden accomplished his dream of signing with a Power 5 program.
”When I committed to Pitt, I almost cried and it was like I just got drafted,” said Barden. “This is a huge step in my life and now I got to go there and learn the playbook and get used to the system. I’m only 18 years old so I’m young but I’ve got to get in there and learn everything so I can be a factor.”
Finally, I asked the Georgia speedster what message he had for Pitt fans.
”You’re going to see a lot of speed, lot of punt and kick returns. Just get ready for speed.”