The Pitt Panthers will start the 2020 season with one of the strongest safety duos in the country with Paris Ford and Damar Hamlin.
With those two headed to the NFL after the season, Pat Narduzzi will need to replace them and restock the talent at safety.
Pitt has already gotten one safety in its Class of 2021 from Philadelphia three-star safety Javon McIntrye but are looking to sign at least one more player at that position
Cory Sanders extended an offer Wednesday night to talented, physical three-star safety John Howse (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) from Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Howse has an impressive offer list that includes Boston College, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
“I was talking to the safeties coach over the phone and he’s the one who offered me,” Howse told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He called me a few days earlier just to see if I still had my eyes open to other schools since I had already put out my top 10.
“Pitt seems like a cool place and their safeties coach has been watching me since my freshman year.”
Howse is talented enough to play all three positions in the secondary, which is something he discussed with Sanders.
“They said I would start at corner but I could also play safety, it just depends which one fits best for me and their scheme,” said Howse. “The things that I bring to the table are aggression, speed, and technique, and also my football IQ. I can break down defense and offense and at the safety position that can be huge.”
As he mentioned earlier, Howse has already named a Top 10 of Vanderbilt, Louisville, Kentucky, Penn State, Ole Miss, Boston College, Kansas, Purdue, Michigan and Nebraska. Does Pitt still have a shot or did they get in too late?
“With my Top 10 out, I’m still keeping an open mind with all schools and I’m still willing to build relationships with other coaches and other staffs, because you never know what could happen,” Howse said. “So no, Pitt is not too late.”