Pat Narduzzi made recruiting Texas more of a priority this recruiting year and on Thursday, it paid off with a talented, young quarterback.
One month ago, Nate Yarnell received an offer from Mark Whipple and today he decided to end his recruitment and made a call to Pat Narduzzi and committed to Pitt.
Yarnell started last season at Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas) as the backup to Hudson Card, who’s headed to Texas. After Card suffered a toe injury, Yarnell took over and led his team to six straight wins before Card returned to action.
That playing time was crucial to Yarnell because it allowed him to display his talent and earned him scholarship offers from Houston, Pitt, Tulsa and Utah.
After being in constant communication over the last few weeks with Whipple and Narduzzi, Yarnell felt enough to commit to Pitt.
“These past fews months I gotten the chance to know these coaches well and really built a great relationship with them and have seen the great people they are, which made it an easy decision in my mind,” Yarnell told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Although offers were out to other quarterbacks, Pitt had been focusing on two quarterbacks, Yarnell and Virginia quarterback Emmett Morehead. Had Yarnell felt pressure to commit before losing out on the scholarship?
”Coach Narduzzi has been really supportive of me and never made me want to go to a place I didn’t want to go or didn’t feel comfortable going to and I really respected him for that,” Yarnell said. “This decision was mine and one of those things that you just knew.”
”I woke up today and made it a goal of making a list of the things I wanted from a university and I looked at that and Pitt fit all the boxes that I wanted checked and I felt there was no reason for me to wait anymore. I made the decision and am really excited about it,” said Yarnell.
— Nate Yarnell (@NateYarnell) January 11, 2020
Although he’s never had the opportunity yet to visit Pitt, Yarnell said that getting a virtual tour from the Pitt coaches proved to be valuable,
”That was another thing that made it easier to commit, just seeing everything which allowed me to get a really good feel for things, which in turn allowed me to make a well rounded decision,” said Yarnell.
Now that this major decision is out of the way, Yarnell says his biggest goal the rest of the year is to win a state football championship Lake Travis High School.