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Pat Narduzzi’s staff was back on the recruiting trail on Friday and it led to a pass-rushing specialist from Ohio receiving an offer.
Class of 2021 three-star defensive end Hammond Russell from Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio officially received the offer from Pitt’s Rob Harley.
“Coach Harley told me that he was going to stop by the school and he did,” Russell told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “A bunch of coaches from different teams were also at the school today but he and I talked for a while. Then later, he texted me and told me to call him so I did and that’s when he offered me.”
“He told me that he loves how aggressive I play and how I improved over the past year. I got bigger, faster and stronger and I got better at using my hands coming off the line.”
Russell (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) now holds offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, West Virginia and a handful of MAC programs. The news today is something Russell was waiting for considering the amount of contact he’s had over the last year with the Pitt program.
“The offer didn’t surprise me, honestly, I’ve kind of just been waiting for it,” said Russell. “I’ve been down to Pittsburgh a few times already, I’ve watched them practice, watched them play and was at the spring game. While I wasn’t surprised, I was definitely happy about it.”
Tomorrow is Junior Day but Russell tells PSN that Harley instead wants him to go their elite junior camp this spring, at which he’d get to display his athleticism and also get a tour of the campus and learn more about Pitt academically.
“I’ve been hearing from a lot of schools recently especially Pitt, Michigan State, Iowa State and West Virginia. I haven’t gotten real serious about my recruitment and visiting schools because I’ve really been concentrating on getting better and getting bigger, faster and stronger,” said Russell.
“Once the season starts, I’ll probably start taking some officials and my family and I will talk about my future. I’m just going to let all of this play out because I’m looking at this time really as a blessing.”
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— hammond russell (@Lildukes3) November 23, 2019