Pitt is looking to add another offensive lineman to their Class of 2020 and are checking out two lineman that are currently committed to Florida State.
Offensive guard Zane Herring (6’5″, 310) and offensive tackle Alex Atcavage (6’5″, 285) are both currently committed to Florida State but the recent firing of Willie Taggart has prompted them to look elsewhere in case things change at Florida State. A new coaching staff might look to take in their own recruits so these two talented lineman are protecting themselves by looking elsewhere just in case.
Herring is from Madison County High School in Madison, Florida and also holds offers from Pitt, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Tennessee, Central Florida and Virginia.
Before finding out about Pitt, PSN asked Herring about his current situation with Florida State and where things currently stand.
“I’m committed to them but I’m in a wait and see mode,” Herring told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I have no bad blood towards them but I’m also looking around for backups just in case. I don’t want to de-commit now and then they hire someone that I like and then I could be out with them. I just want to go out and see about other schools and see if there’s a place that I like.”
Next up, Herring said the Pitt staff approached him and what he’s hearing from them.
“Coach Narduzzi followed me on Twitter (Tuesday) and then I figured something would be coming soon. Then Coach Salem texted me yesterday and told me that they needed lineman and I was like ‘I can probably help with that’. He then said that he wants to get me up on an official visit and I told him that this weekend my family and I would sit-down and talk about where and when I’d be taking official visits.”
Since the news of Taggart’s firing, Pitt isn’t the only program that’s trying to get involved with Herring. He said that Miami was actually the first school to contact him this week and that he’ll be making an official visit there. Others schools that are also actively recruiting him hard are Nebraska, Georgia Tech and UCF.
“I’ve already taken two official visits (Florida State and Georgia Tech) so I only have three left to take,” said Herring. “When we talk this weekend, we’re really going to look at schools that I really could see myself playing there and living there. In the end, it’s really going to come down to which program shows the most love between now and Signing Day and where I could realistically see myself playing and being for the next four, five, 20 years really.”
Since they’ve recently gotten involved, Herring doesn’t have a lot of knowledge about Pitt but what he does know impresses him.
“I know that they’ve always been a hard-nosed team to beat,” said Herring. “They’ve been a difficult team for top tier teams to beat. When Top 10 programs have to play Pitt, they’re probably like “Oh crap, we have to play Pitt’. They’re very difficult to play and never know what they’re going to bring. I watched them this year against Central Florida and they brought it and same thing against Penn State. By watching them, I can tell that they’re a very well coached team that always plays hard every down.”