Cameron Guess is a Western Pennsylvania kid and from the moment he started playing youth football he wanted to play for the Pitt Panthers.
That dream for Guess became a reality last night when he informed Pat Narduzzi that he was accepting their opportunity to join the 2020 Pitt team.
PSN caught up with the talented Belle Vernon kicker and as you can imagine it’s been a crazy last 24 hours as he’s accepted a lot of congratulations and well wishes.
”I have a great circle of people surrounding me,” Guess told PSN. “My mom and dad and family supported me the entire way. In Belle Vernon, the community is like an extended family and all of my friends that I’ve made through kicking have made this really special.”
“Besides that, being a Pittsburgh kid and being able to now call Pittsburgh home it was amazing to hear from my brothers who are Pitt students, to people all around the WPIAL that I have played against, who are big-time Pittsburgh supporters. It was just a great feeling to be able to stay home.”
The next time Guess puts on a football jersey, it’ll be the team he’s grown up watching. Guess talked to us about some of his Pitt memories and the players he enjoyed watching.
“I’ve been a Pitt fan as long as I can remember. I remember being a little kid watching Larry Fitzgerald, to the whole process with James Conner,” said Guess. “Some moments I remember were when Chris Blewitt hit the 48 yard field goal to beat Clemson. I remember running around my house that they won that game.”
Guess appreciates this opportunity even more because he wasn’t sure it would ever happen. Despite being an accomplished kicker and being a frequent visitor to Pitt camps and games, Guess never heard from Panther coaches until recently.
”To be honest I had kind of written Pitt off, I didn’t think that my class was going to line up with their needs,” said Guess. “But when Coach Powell told me they needed a punter, it didn’t matter any other school that was recruiting me, all I wanted my whole life was to stay home and play at Heinz. Coach Powell was the one who offered me and I can’t wait to play for him.”
”I told Coach last Thursday that I was coming. We had to fix some loose ends as I’m going to be enrolling early in January. But when it became apparent that Pittsburgh was an option it was almost an immediate commitment.”
If you think Guess intends to show up at spring practice and concede playing time to the upperclassmen, then you don’t know Cameron Guess.
“I’m going to be a punter at Pitt and I plan on competing as soon as I get there to be the starting punter. I obviously can back up Alex kicking off, and have kicked field goals, but I’m gonna be punting at Pitt. I also want to make sure that I’m prepared to hold as I have to make sure that I’m perfect for Alex as he continues to be the best kicker in the ACC.”