The day after Christmas, Pat Narduzzi and Pitt have received a huge present.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that star safety Paris Ford has decided to bypass the 2020 NFL Draft and return to Pitt for his redshirt junior season.
Ford led the Panthers defense with 86 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions and was named 1st team All-ACC.
PSN has been told by a person with knowledge of the situation that Ford received a NFL Draft grade “that was better than expected and could have left” but that he wants to finish “as a Pitt legend” and finish what he started at Pitt.
“Paris has been loyal to Pitt from day one and he gets that loyalty from his family.”
This news is huge for Pat Narduzzi and Randy Bates as they’ll return a secondary with Ford, Jason Pinnock, Damarri Mathis and Erick Hallet.
Considering Pitt should once again have a strong defensive unit in 2020 and with the chance to put more on tape for NFL teams, Ford will be one of the more highly rated safeties in the country next season for the 2021 NFL Draft.