West Mifflin 2021 four-star defensive end Nahki Johnson has been committed to Pitt since June 25 and was the first member of Pat Narduzzi’s Class of 2021.
Despite that and his public endorsement of the program, Johnson has continued to be heavily pursued by other major programs. In fact, the calls and texts that he’s been receiving forced Johnson to issue a public tweet on Wednesday.
“I wanna thank all the schools that believe in me and are showing me a ton of interest but I am 100% committed to Pitt please respect my decision. H2P!”
Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with Johnson following this tweet to learn more about these programs and what they’re saying to try and get him to change his mind about Pitt.
“All this attention shows me that people think I’m a good player but I’m with Pitt and they should know this,” said Johnson. “If they want to go recruit other players more heavily but I’m not the reason they’re not doing so, and they think they still have a chance with me, I just want to be honest with them and let them know they have no chance with me. They need to go recruit that other player instead of me.”
When it comes to these calls and messages, I asked Johnson what coaches from other teams are saying to him in order to try and get him to flip from Pitt?
“They usually text me a lot and try and start a conversation with me,” he said. “They’ll say ‘we need to get you down here’. I really don’t like traveling that much, so if I don’t have to travel I won’t. I always turn them down and say ‘No, I’m cool here’. Sometimes I text the coach back and sometimes I won’t but at this point, it’s really starting to get annoying. Some of these coaches are texting me that I don’t even have offers from.”
With all this attention he’s receiving from other teams, Johnson has made it a point to keep Narduzzi and Charlie Partridge in the loop so they don’t receive misinformation from outside sources.
“We’ve talked and they asked me if any other programs are on you,” said Johnson. “They’d ask who and I’d tell them who. It got to the point where I’d respond back to another school and that school would make a big deal about it. Then when the Pitt coaches heard this they’d get worried. One time I texted back Terry Smith from Penn State and he went and told a reporter that I was visiting and all this other stuff and I let him know that wasn’t the case. Coach then asked me if (Pitt) should be worried and I told him ‘No’. That stuff with Penn State was like a couple of weeks ago.”
Along with Penn State, Johnson tells PSN that Michigan, Virginia Tech and Louisville are the other schools that have been contacting him the most lately.
The good news for Pitt is that Johnson has no plans on playing any other place than with his hometown school.