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After finishing up their 2019 regular season, it’s obvious that the Pitt offense is in need of speed and playmakers. A player that has both of those things made an unofficial visit yesterday to Pitt and came away impressed with what he saw and heard.
Sophomore wide receiver Kaden Saunders (5’10”, 165) from Westerville, Ohio is a player very high on Pitt’s sophomore recruiting board and already holds offers from the Panthers as well as Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue and West Virginia. At this time, Saunders tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that Penn State is at the top of his recruitment but the Pitt program made up some ground and left him with a positive impression.
“The Pitt program showed me a lot of love and it seemed like they really want me,” Saunders told PSN. “Coach Harley is always coming around my school. They spent a lot of time around me before and after the game. I also got a great tour of the athletic facilities and it seems like they really want me to come back over and over. I really felt wanted there.”
Following a conversation with wide receivers coach Chris Beatty, Saunders really realized how much Pitt would like him to be a future member of their offense.
“Coach Beatty said after the game that whenever I’m ready and if I want to go there, that he would be done recruiting any other receivers for my class. That really showed me how bad they want me to be a part of their team.”
Saunders top skillset is his speed and after watching Pitt’s offense in person for the first time, he believes that it’s one that he can star in.
“All coaches tell me that they really like my speed and that I can make plays from anywhere on the field, punt returner, kick returner, slot receiver, outside receiver. My team likes to get the ball in my hands so that I can make plays.
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“Watching Pitt, they throw the ball like 80% of the time so as a receiver you like to see that,” said Saunders. “I was watching how they use all their receivers and the different ways they try and get them the ball so I feel like I could fit in really well with that offense.”
Aside from Pitt and Penn State, Saunders tells PSN that other schools showing him attention right now are Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State.
One other interesting note is that Saunders says that Pitt will continue to pursue him as Harley will be stopping by his high school on Tuesday to talk with his coaches.