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With the start of Pitt’s spring football on Monday, the 2020 football season is truly here. Pat Narduzzi’s team will conduct their first team workout Monday morning at the UPMC Sports Complex.
The Panthers will hold 15 team practices leading up to their annual Blue-Gold Game on Saturday, April 11 at Heinz Field. Aside from evaluating players on their roster and trying to get them better, the Pitt staff will also host a number of players on unofficial visits over the next couple of months.
Players will be making visits to the South Side to watch the Panthers practice and use the opportunity to get learn more about the program and develop their relationship with the staff.
While a majority of the visits will come from players in nearby states, that’s not the case with everyone.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke 2021 offensive lineman Marco Fugar (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who says that he’ll be making the flight from Florida to Pittsburgh in April to make his first visit to check out the Panthers program.
Pitt is attempting to get in with Fugar early as he currently holds offers from them and Maryland but is receiving interest from a number of other programs meaning his offer list will surely increase over the spring and summer.
“I’m excited because my recruiting is going good as a lot of coaches have been in touch,” said Fugar. “Right now, a lot of my focus is on school and making sure that everything is going good on that part.
“Coaches are texting me and making sure everything is ok and that I’m doing good. They are telling me how much they love my film and can’t wait to see me and check me out when they stop by my school. A lot of the coaches are telling me they love how versatile and athletic I am and love how I pull on the line from both offensive guard and tackle.”
As far as Pitt goes, Charlie Partridge is Fugar’s chief recruiter and he’s looking forward to getting to know more about both Partridge and the Panthers program.
“Pitt seems to have big interest in me,” says Fugar. “I hear that Pittsburgh is a really nice place and I’m looking forward to checking it out real soon. I want to see how the school environment is, see what the coaching staff is like and really see what my compatibility is with the school itself which will help me make my choice on it.
“Coach Partridge is a real cool and funny guy. From my conversations with him, he seems like a real down to earth person that likes to joke around a lot. In terms of eventually choosing a school, I’m looking for the best fit for me regardless of the distance.”
While Pitt will like be the first school that Fugar visits, he tells me that he’s also hearing a lot from coaches at Colorado State, Illinois, NC State and others. In terms of when he plans on visiting, Fugar says that he’ll be making the trip to Pittsburgh around the Blue-Gold Game in mid-April.