Pat Narduzzi, Chris Beatty and Pitt are attempting to make the talent rich state of Virginia a place that the Panthers program are able to go in and pull recruits from.
That plan has already seen results with the 2021 commitment from 4-star running back Rodney Hammond of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. Hammond is one of 20+ juniors that the Pitt staff have already offered, the latest being a fast rising athlete from Williamsburg, Virginia.
Over the Easter weekend, Pitt became the latest program to get involved with junior athlete Michael Green, as he received an offer from Beatty and Pitt. Green now holds 15 offers, including ones from Boston College, Mississippi, East Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Old Dominion, Appalachian State and Temple.
“I know someone that reached out to coaches for me and he contacted Coach Beatty and put in a good word for me,” Green told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Beatty then got back to me and told me that he looked over my film and shared it with the rest of the coaches and they were like let’s get this guy in here and offer him. When he told me, that was great. The ACC and SEC conferences are big-time so I was very excited.”
“I actually didn’t expect my recruitment to blow up like this. I’ve always been one of these type of players that tried to do more and get my teammates to do the same so when I look back at that stuff like that and the work I’ve put in, I now think that it was worth it and this is where I was meant to be.”
An interesting part of Green’s skillset is the fact with his 6’4″, 215 frame and athleticism, colleges believe he’s able to play multiple positions. Some coaches that have offered see him eventually playing outside linebacker, while others offered him as a tight end. Beatty told him that Pitt is initially offering him at that position but that could change in the future.
“Coach Beatty told me that he’s going to share my film and information with the linebackers coach so that they can go over things. He told me that right now they want me at tight end but that could possibly change in the future to linebacker or even defensive end.
Like all of the country, with all of the interest he’s gotten in the last month of so, Green is very anxious to get out and start exploring some of the schools that have offered him.
“I’ve actually never been on a college visit yet,” said Green. “So at the start of June, I’m going to pick a top five and those will be the five schools that I end up visiting and continuing to get to know better, learn about and develop relationships with their coaches.”
“Academics reputation of these colleges will be important for me. Also, I want to be able to go away from home but not too far so in case something happens, I can get back easily. Also, I need to really learn about the coaches on the staff and determine which ones are the real ones. My connections with the coaching staff is going to be very important to me. So after June 1, I want to find out the places that potentially feel like home to me.”