Pat Narduzzi gets the kicker that he wants.
Ohio 2020 kicker Ben Sauls has decided to change his commitment and will sign with Pitt on Wednesday. Sauls made the decision on Monday night but made it public late Tuesday night and talked to PSN.
“I have nothing but the up most respect for the Iowa State program along with Coach Hauser and Coach Campbell,” said Sauls. “However, when I committed to Iowa State, I did not have the full scholarship letter of intent to Pittsburgh. On Friday, Coach Narduzzi gave me the full scholarship, and for the last two years I have hoped to go to Pittsburgh on full scholarship to play for Coach Powell and learn from Alex Kessman. I made my decision with my family that was based on academics and the best choices for my future athletic career. I could not be more happier to be a Pitt Panther. Lock the gates, and Hail to Pitt.”
Sauls becomes Pitt’s 18th commitment in their Class of 2020.
The fact that Pitt is offering Sauls a scholarship when they already have a kicker on scholarship speaks to his talent level and how much Pitt coveted him. The plan is for Sauls to redshirt the 2020 season and develop beyond senior Alex Kessman.
Sauls previously told PSN that a couple things that he liked about Pitt were 1) the friendship he’s developed over the years with Kessman 2) the way Andre Powell recruited him 3) Narduzzi’s history of challenging his kickers from 50+ yards during games.
The left-footed kicker has made multiple field goals of 50+ yards in games and is considered a good bad weather kicker.