Mark Lyons Central Valley football team is loaded with young talent and one of his better underclassman spent Saturday with the Pitt football program.
Sophomore defensive tackle/defensive end Sean FitzSimmons (6’3”, 265) received an invite from Pat Narduzzi and attend Pitt’s Junior Day with his teammate junior safety Stephon Hall, who already holds an offer from the Panthers.
PSN caught up with FitzSimmons on Sunday and got his thoughts on the visit along with thoughts on the Pitt program.
”As far as my communication with Pitt prior to Saturday, last spring I was invited by Pitt to attend one of their practices,” FitzSimmons told PSN. “That was my first real interaction with Pitt. Then this year, Steph and I visited them for the Central Florida game.”
”I felt like Saturday went good. It was a lot of fun. Pitt has great facilities and a lot of great coaches. I had a good time at the game and meeting with the coaches before the game. It was a great day and I appreciated getting the invite.”
Throughout the day, FitzSimmons had the chance to interact with his lead recruiter Dave Borbely along with Charlie Partridge and hopes this is the first of many conversations with Pitt.
”At the game, I had the chance to really talk with Coach Partridge. He said that he liked my film and the style in which I play. I also had the chance to talk with and eat wings with Coach Narduzzi,” said FitzSimmons.
FitzSimmons tells me that he believes he can play both defensive end and defensive tackle in college and the strengths of his game right now are ability to shed blockers and get to the quarterback.
Being just a sophomore, FitzSimmons recruitment is just beginning as he’s waiting for that first D-I offer but he’ll no doubt use Saturday’s experience as a source of motivation.
”It’s awesome to start getting attention and recruited by colleges and it motivates me to get better,” said FitzSimmons. “Right now, I don’t have any scholarship offers so I need to keep on working in order to get them. It’s great to have the attention but it doesn’t mean anything if I don’t receive offers.”
Sophomore Season Highlights- 15 Games- 133 Tackles- 52 Solo Tackles- 9 Sacks- 26 TFL- https://t.co/gcJkEbwIQT
— Sean FitzSimmons (@seanfitz50) December 13, 2019
No doubt those offers will be coming in time and FitzSimmons would love for one of them to be from Pitt.
”That would mean a whole lot because I like them and have always been a Pitt fan. They have great coaches, great facilities, I really like it up there.”