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Pat Narduzzi has expanded Pitt’s recruiting territory since arriving in 2015 as the Panthers staff has spent considerable time in states such Georgia, Virginia and Michigan.
Arizona isn’t a place that Pitt will ever spend a ton of time, but Tim Salem recently offered a top junior from that state.
Krew Jackson is a 2021 safety from Queen Creek High School in Queen Creek, Arizona and currently holds offers from Arizona State, Washington, Iowa State and now Pitt. Jackson also tells me that he’s starting to hear from Notre Dame, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.
How did Pitt find out about Jackson? PSN reached out to him to get the answer to that and to find out more about him.
“Coach Salem happened to follow me on Twitter,” Jackson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Salem actually coached my head coach Joe Germaine at Ohio State. He sent me a message yesterday (Tuesday) and after I was able to contact him, he told me to give him a call and after looking at my film, Pitt decided to offer me.”
“I’m just starting to look into Pitt but I do know that they’re in the ACC. I do know that they’re doing great things with the football program and year in and year out they play a really good schedule. I was really excited to get an offer from them.”
— Krew Jackson (@krewjack) November 7, 2019
After looking at his highlight tape, it’s not surprising that Pitt and other programs would have interest in Jackson. He’s an imposing player on defense and with his size (6-foot-5, 200 pounds), he’s as big a defensive back as you’ll ever see. With that size, it’s likely that he’ll be changing positions in college to either linebacker or as a defensive end.
“Right now, I’ve just been playing safety in the secondary but I’ve heard from a lot of college coaches that when I put on more weight and because of my height I could be playing outside linebacker. So, right now it’s playing safety or outside linebacker,” said Jackson.
Because he’s still a bit of an unknown with many college programs, Jackson’s recruitment is still very much at the beginning stages but he’s looking forward to seeing what the next year has in store for him.
“This has been a real exciting time in terms of my recruiting and the teams that are coming out,” said Jackson. “It’s been motivational but honestly, I’ve always want to work hard not just for a scholarship but to help my team and because I love the game.”
After offering Jackson, Salem went on to offer his teammate, three-star safety Hunter Barth (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), who has offers from Arizona, California, Duke, Iowa State, San Diego State, USC, Utah and Washington State.