The talent level in WPIAL’s Class of 2020 is some of the best that we’ve had in many years.
Other recent local classes might have had higher ranked players but this current group of juniors is deep and full of Power Five and D-1 talent.
Pat Narduzzi is well aware of that and is doing everything he can to keep as much of that talent home.
The Pitt recruiting department designed an interesting graphic designed to send a message to this talented group of juniors.
Pictured in this “Defend Your City” graphic features Gateway’s Tui Brown, Aliquippa linebacker Zuriah Fisher, Westinghouse defensive end Dayon Hayes, Mars offensive tackle Michael Carmody, former North Catholic linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green and Woodland Hills tight end Josh Rawlings.
PSN reached out to these players and got their reaction to the graphic and the emphasis that Pitt has placed on them.
Josh Rawlings: “I loved it! It showed that Pitt wants hometown talent to stay and play for the hometown team. It showed what we would all look like together. We talk about having all the top guys in the area get together for Pitt but to have a graphic like that put it on display was very nice!”
Michael Carmody: “Obviously staying home and representing my city would be amazing. Getting all the best kids from our area is something that feels like Pitt has really emphasized the past few years. Coach Narduzzi and I talk pretty often, with some schools you don’t always get the head guy talking with you as often as Coach Narduzzi does with me, that means a lot to me.”
Dayon Hayes: “My thoughts on the graphic is that it’s special because all the top recruits are in it and we are apart of this special recruiting class 2020. He is doing well stay communicating with me and making me feel like I’m a part of the team already. Him, Coach partridge and Coach Sanders.”
Zuriah Fisher: “I love how they are showing love and it means a lot because I’m from this city and they’re showing me that they’re very interested in me.”
Tui Brown: “First off, this is the best edit I was ever part of. Also, the edit made me feel a little more love from them. Coach Narduzzi and the staff seem to want to keep all the talent from Western Pa home which means a lot to me and most likely the others too.“