For several years now, Pitt has struggled to recruit developmental tight end prospects. The Panthers system under former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson deemphasized the position and it made it quite difficult to lure prospects to the program. However, since his hire as the new offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple has worked to rectify the issue. His system assures that tight ends are an integral part of the offense.
For the newest prospect on Pitt’s radar, the team has tapped into the talent rich state of Texas. In recent years the Panthers have secured Cypress, TX defensive back Erick Hallett. Wide receiver Kellen McAlone, a recent graduate, calls Dallas, TX home and now it appears they’ve found another intriguing player from the Lone Star state.
“Pitt reached out to me about two weeks ago. Coach (Tim) Salem is my primary contact,” stated 2020 tight end prospect Noah Patty (6-foot-5 inches, 225 pounds) from Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, TX.
“We have been talking about the program. I admit I didn’t know much about it. We’re discussed a potential official visit with my mother as well.”
Patty is a prospect that has been off the radar due to an injury. He suffered a torn ACL as a junior and has limited film. His return to the field his senior season has attracted a tremendous amount of attention. The 225-pound prospect can run a 4.6 forty-yard dash. He hasn’t been officially offered a scholarship by the Panthers but that could be happening in the near future.
Pittsburgh is on the opposite end of the country. He was asked what he really knew about the Pitt program and he bluntly, “No much! I won’t lie. I’ve watched a lot of ACC ball, I just hadn’t specifically watched much of Pitt but I have been since I have been in contact with them. I watched the Syracuse game and I was impressed. I really enjoyed watching them. I like the way they play.”
“The distance from home does and doesn’t bother me. If it’s a big school like Pitt, I can definitely make an exception for the distance. If it was a little FCS school then I’m going to stay home. Pitt would be too good an opportunity to pass up.
When asked about his strengths at the position, he stated, “Well coming into the season, a lot of schools saw me as a receiving tight end and someone that can really just catch passes. I feel like I’ve proved a lot of people wrong in that aspect.I can catch passes, but I can block and split out wide. I play H-back, in-line tight end, pretty much all three.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru