The 2020 Pitt football team will be deep and talented and Pat Narduzz and company will enter the season with high expectations. However, reviewing the projected two-deep roster, there are few areas of weakness. One position the staff appears to want to solidify is offensive tackle.
Pitt recently reached out to Hampton University graduate transfer offensive tackle Keldrick ‘K.J.’ Wilson (6-foot-6 inches, 308 pounds) and extended a scholarship offer.
“Pitt’s Director of Player Personnel Graham Wilbert messaged me on Twitter and asked me for my number, transcripts and things of that nature. He told me they were looking for a graduate transfer to come into their program and make an impact,” said Wilson. “I gave him my number. He then sent me Coach Dave Borbely’s phone number. Coach Wilbert had sent him my film and Coach Borbley really liked it. I spoke with Coach Borbley later that night for nearly an hour.”
“He told me I can make a great impact coming into the program and start right away. Pitt had a tackle leave and the other guys on the roster are fairly young. Coach Borbley told me he liked my film, loved my game and I could reach all my dreams and goals in Pittsburgh. We talked about Pitt’s facilities and their connection with the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Wilson has been at Hampton University for four years. He was redshirted his freshman season (2016) then played in 10 games his redshirt freshman season starting two games. Hampton University had a coaching change shortly after. Wilson stated the new staff didn’t know anything about him. He didn’t have the opportunity to play a significant role his sophomore season. He pushed and emerged as a starter as a junior and dominated on the field. Wilson’s performance last season was so strong, he felt a move to a larger program would open the eyes of NFL scouts. He has primarily played right tackle.
When asked about his strengths on the football field, he stated, “My athletic ability, like the way I bend. The way I can reach the second level easily in my aggressiveness. I fire off the ball and give my opponents everything I have.”
Wilson has received interest from several schools. “I have visited Indiana, Liberty and Georgia State. I’ve been speaking with West Virginia as well. I’m interested in Georgia State because it’s close to home,” he said. “Pitt interests me because it’s in the ACC. Indiana interests me because it’s in the Big Ten. I get offers almost every day. I need to sit down and figure out where I’m going to visit. For now, I’m focused on school work since we’re all in the midst of the coronavirus. I’m just waiting to see what things are going to happen once it gets till April 15th. The NCAA should let us visit and better communicate with schools after that.”
“I’m not worried about an upgrade in conference, whether it’s the ACC or Big Ten. I believe I can play against anybody. I’m not intimidated as all. I do love Pitt. I love what they bring to the table. I just haven’t thought about visits yet. My focus is school work and graduating now.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru