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Pitt recently offered a preferred walk-on opportunity to 2020 quarterback Logan Clouse (6-ft-3 inches, 210 pounds) from The Hun School in Princeton, NJ. He visited the Panthers over the weekend and Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with him about his first visit to Pitt.
“I was there primarily on Saturday. We arrived in Pittsburgh on Friday and returned home on Sunday. We hung out and did the elite day with some other players they were really look at. We got the try on jerseys, go to the basketball game and see then beat North Carolina. That was really cool, “said Clouse. “I got to spend a lot of time with Coach (Mark) Whipple. Prior to that all my communication with him was on the phone. I got to speak with Coach (Pat) Narduzzi as well. It was great finally meeting both face to face.”
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 and finished the season with an impressive quarterback rating of 144.
— Logan Clouse (@loganclouse1612) November 3, 2019
— Logan Clouse (@loganclouse1612) January 13, 2020
Clouse was asked about his experience over the weekend. He stated, “I think Pitt has the most unique situation in college football. The ability to be next to the Steelers and their environment, being in the same building, same practice fields, it’s just amazing. I think growing up the next four years in college directly next to the Steelers is obviously going to help any player. It’s great having the bar set like that and push everybody to go a bit harder.”
Pitt has recently added a pair of strong preferred walk-on players: safety / linebacker Gusty Sunseri (6-foot, 195 pounds) from Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, PA) and running back Anthony Priore (5-foot-11 inches, 210 pounds) from Baldwin High School (Pittsburgh, PA).
Clouse spent quite a bit of time with Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple and enjoyed their conversation. “He was just talking with me about the offense and the mold (of QB) that they have. Coach Whipple told me he’s not a cookie cutter type of coach that runs the same system regardless of the quarterback playing,” he said. “He’s really specialized for each quarterback. He showed me the board with some of Kenny’s (Pickett) plays then he showed the board with some the plays specialized for Nick (Patti). He really does a good job molding the offense around the quarterback and around the skilled players on the field. It’s not like he’s just putting his offense out there. He’s putting the best one for the team. I really think that’s awesome.”
Clouse and Pitt starting quarterback Kenny Pickett have two things in common. Both are from the Garden State and work with ace quarterback coach Tony Racioppi at TEST Football Academy in Martinsville, NJ. When asked if he was able to interact with Pickett over the weekend, he stated, “I got Kenny’s phone number. It was a three-day weekend and a lot of the guys went home. I was out with a couple of the players for a little bit. I sent Kenny a text and he told me to come back later in the process just to get a feel and show me around a little bit more. He wants to show me what everyday life at Pitt would be like for a football player at Pitt.”
Clouse wasn’t the only one impressed with the visit. He was accompanied by his parents. They came away with a very favorable impression of Pitt. “My parents are a huge part of the process for me. They absolutely loved the experience, “ he said. “They want me to make my own decision for sure, but they want a group of coaches and people that I’ll be around for the next four years to be the right fit.”
Pitt didn’t receive a verbal commitment, but they strengthened their position. Clouse realizes the clock is ticking and he’s nearing a decision soon. He stated, “Signing day is coming quick. I’m going to take one more visit, just to try and take my time to make sure that I see all the options I have and make the most educated decision.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru