Pat Narduzzi’s 2020 class is arguably his strongest to date. It’s populated with quite a few players that will make an immediate impact with the program. A key position missing in the class is quarterback. The Panthers pursed several prospects and fell short in their pursuit. To rectify the absence of a quarterback in the 2020 class, they have turned to an intriguing and ‘up and coming’ prospect from the Garden State. Quarterback Logan Clouse (6-ft-3 inches, 210 pounds) from The Hun School in Princeton, NJ was contacted Wednesday night and offered a preferred walk-on opportunity.
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“The preferred walk on opportunity happened Wednesday night but we have been in contact for a couple of weeks now. It all stemmed from my senior season. I made a large leap from my junior year working with quarterback coach / guru Tony Racioppi and all the guys he trains with like Kenny Pickett and a bunch of other NFL and college guys,” said Clouse. “Working in the offseason with him, I worked very hard and it translated into this season. I was approached by Coach Whipple and Salem and they spoke with me. They told me that they hadn’t found a quarterback yet and they had offered a few guys. If they didn’t have a quarterback in place by the first signing period, they would offer me a preferred walk-on opportunity and that’s exactly what happened.”
Clouse attended West Morris Mendham High School (Mendham, NJ) until his sophomore year. He transferred to The Hun School of Princeton (Princeton, NJ) as a junior. He’s started four consecutive years at quarterback. This season he completed 68% of his passes (111 for 163) for 1,992 yards and 21 touchdowns. He finished the season with an impressive quarterback rating of 144.
“I’m a pro-style quarterback and I think that my skills set actually fits perfectly with what Pitt does. That’s what Coach Salem and Whipple have been talking to me about,” he said. “It’s only of the reasons they’re interested in me. A lot of colleges now are moving towards very athletic quarterbacks that can run all over the place. I can run but I’m more of a ‘pick up eight yards when it’s third and six’ kind of runner. I’m not one of these 4.5 forty-yard dash types. I do think my skill set translates well to Pitt’s offense.”
Clouse was asked about his strengths at the quarterback position. He replied, “I’m a leader both on and off the field. I’m a four-year starter for two different schools. I’ve been around a lot of different people. Players that are playing anywhere from the Big Ten to D3 football. If the players need a boost of confidence on the field, I can be that guy. On the field my accuracy is my best attribute. I threw three interceptions in two years at The Hun School and threw around 300 balls and around 30 touchdowns. I’m never going to put the ball in harm’s way. I’m going to protect the rock. My accuracy and taking care of the ball are top strengths.”
Clouse had a remarkable senior season in a highly competitive league. He was asked why he didn’t accrue more attention from P5 programs. He replied, “I think that one of the things that hurt my recruitment was my progression happened my senior year. There’s wasn’t enough quality film my sophomore and junior seasons. I’ve worked exceptionally hard to get to this point and the results finally showed my senior season. I’m happy that it led me to the opportunity to potentially plays at a school like Pitt.”
Clouse currently plans on visiting Pitt sometime in January to assure it’s the fit. He plans to utilize Kenny Pickett as a resource throughout the process.
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru