Mark Whipple’s play-calling in his first season as Pitt’s offensive coordinator is something that should be of interest to potential wide receiver recruits.
In a pass-heavy offense, the Panthers two top wide receivers combined for 146 catches, as Maurice Ffrench caught 84 while Taysir Mack pulled in 62 during the 2019 season.
That’s a recruiting tool that the Pitt coaches can use when trying to land wide receivers and in fact, did so today when they offered a talented sophomore from Florida. Samuel Mbake (6’3″, 205) is sophomore wide receiver from IMG Academy and learned today that his latest offer was from Rob Harley and Pitt.
“I was just chilling at home watching television when my coach hit me up,” Mbake tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Harley asked me to call him and I did, so my coach and I called him and we talked it up. He was telling me about Pitt’s passing game and how they run a pro style offense and told me about how many receptions their top two receivers had, which was one of the most in the NCAA this season. The offer didn’t surprise me because when he followed me on Twitter, I sent him a message back, he didn’t respond but he liked it so I felt one would be coming.”
Getting an offer is nothing new for Mbake since he’s already holds ones from Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Penn State and Tennessee. That’s pretty impressive considering Mbake is only a sophomore.
“Back in my freshman year, I was like wow, I’d like to have those offers and now they’re already here. It’s a great time and I’m looking forward to meeting the coaches from all these schools and to learn how they plan on using me. I’m not close to making a decision but it’ll be interesting to see how they plan on using me.”
“These offers aren’t making me want to get better. When I wake up everyday, my goal is to always try and get better as a player and a person. Now that these offers are coming from all these schools, it just kind of puts a target on my back and reminds me that I have to keep working.”
In terms of comparing his game to someone else, Mbake tells me that he likes to pattern himself after Julio Jones and D.J. Metcalf from Seattle.
“I’m a deep threat and if I catch the ball deep, I’m going to score. I’m also someone that if you throw me a short slant, I have a high probability to take it to the house. I have that sneaky speed that once I catch that ball, I’ll find daylight.”
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Being so young and because it’s so early in the process, Mbake tells me that his recruitment is wide open and plans on doing his homework on every school that offers in order to make the best decision possible.
“I’m going to keep in contact with all the coaches that are recruiting me. I’m most definitely going to get out to almost every school after this Covid-19 is over with, most likely in the summer.”