It’s become very clear that Pat Narduzzi is making offensive line a priority for Pitt’s Class of 2021.
Despite adding two offensive lineman over the weekend and having four total in this year’s class, the Panthers don’t appear done recruiting that position.
For the second time in the last four days, the Panthers staff has offered a 2021 lineman, the latest one going to a tackle from Ohio.
Nate Pabst (6’6″, 250) from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio tells PSN that he received an offer on Sunday from Panthers defensive coordinator Randy Bates. This becomes Pabst’s second Power 5 offer (Vanderbilt), to go along with ones from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Kent State, Miami (OH) and Air Force.
“Coach Bates texted me and asked me to call him and when I did, he offered me during our call last night,” Pabst told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “My initial thoughts are that it’s great because it’s my second Power Five offer, and I’m excited about it. I’ve had a lot of contact with Pitt and feel like they were one of the first schools to really start recruiting me so I wasn’t really surprised and it was almost like a matter of time.”
“Coach told me that I’m a great athlete and saw me working back at the beginning of my sophomore year and knows that I have a really strong work ethic. He said that after seeing that and knowing the type of athlete I am and can me, that they wanted to offer me.”
— Nate Pabst (@PabstNate) April 28, 2020
Although he’s currently a defensive end at Archbishop Moeller, Pabst tells PSN that Pitt projects him as a future offensive tackle and he’s OK with that.
“Pitt offered me as an offensive lineman but a lot of other schools are offering me as a defensive lineman so I can probably go both ways,” said Pabst. “I’ve played defensive line by whole high school career and probably am more comfortable there but I just want to play and win football games so I really don’t care what position I play.”
Pabst tells PSN that he has visited Pitt before on an unofficial visit and saw the training facility and parts of campus and was impressed.
“When they start allowing visits again, I think Pitt is a place I have to hop on right away because I want to make a decision before my senior year and before we start football.”