Making a college decision is one of the first adult decisions a high school student makes and it can be difficult.
Luke DelGaudio (Dallas, Pennsylvania) had the opportunity to join Power 5 programs but decided to commit to Bucknell back in February. A couple months later, DelGaudio has changed his mind and has accepted Pat Narduzzi’s offer to join Pitt as a preferred walk-on.
DelGaudio (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) becomes the second wide receiver in the last two weeks to become late additions to Pitt’s 2020 roster, joining New Jersey native Jake McConnachie.
“A couple weeks ago, I really started thinking about it since we’re quarantined and have all this time on our hands,” said DelGaudio. “I started to think about what Pitt had to offer from their training and weight room programs, nutrition and honestly, I decided that’s the place I want to be at because I believe they’ll make me a better player because they definitely have the tool and coaches to do that.”
Although he made his original decision to join Bucknell, the Pitt staff let DelGaudio know that if he ever changed his mind that the opportunity at Pitt would still be available and that’s what happened.
“Coach [Tim] Salem and I have been in contact since August and we kind of took a bit of a break after I committed,” DelGaudio said. “Then I started texting them again and Coach Narduzzi and all the coaches opened their arms for me and took me in. I contacted Coach Narduzzi himself and told him that I believed I made the wrong decision and wanted to play for Pitt. He was thrilled and excited for me and when he retweeted me decision, that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”
DelGaudio, who was an All-State selection after catching 44 passes for 713 yards and 8 touchdowns, is looking forward to joining a Power Five program and earning a role on the team, whatever that may be.
“I’m going to a Power Five program that plays in a great football conference,” said DelGaudio. “Pitt is a great program and I just can’t wait to get there and become a part of what they’re building and being a part of that environment. I’m a really hard worker and I’m someone that really prides myself on getting yards after contact. When I get my shot, I’m going to do whatever I can to show the coaches that they didn’t make the wrong decision.”