Since receiving an offer from Pitt back in January it seemed that Florida linebacker Derrveron Maxwell-Black would eventual commit to the Panthers.
That time came on Wednesday as the hard-hitting linebacker from St. Petersburg committed to Pat Narduzzi and became Pitt’s 17th commitment in their Class of 2021. Despite holding Power Five offers from Illinois and Syracuse, Pitt has really been the only school that Maxwell-Black has truly considered over the last five months.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Maxwell-Black following his big decision and got his reasons for making the decision and thoughts on becoming the latest Pitt Panther.
“This day really feels good for me and means so much to me,” Maxwell-Black said. “Pitt just felt right to me from the beginning and even though I wasn’t able to visit the campus, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. Everyone there treated me like family, they called regularly to make sure everything was Ok. They just felt like family and my new home away from home.”
The person that made the most impact on Maxwell-Black was his area recruiter and future position coach, Rob Harley.
“We have such a strong relationship,” said Maxwell-Black. “From the start, I just felt so comfortable around him. I felt like I could talk to him and ask him about anything. Although I was leaning towards Pitt, he never pressured me into making a decision until I was completely ready. It was really important to me that they respected me and allowed me to make a decision when I was 100% ready. Although we talked all the time, Coach Harley never brought up me committing. I appreciated that.
“What made me decide to commit now was just my overall love for Pitt and Coach Harley being there all the time for me. I didn’t want to wait any longer and knew now was the right time. I also decided now so that new schools didn’t try to get involved for no reason. When I decided to commit, I called Coach Harley and was very excited when I told him. He asked me if I was 100% sure that’s what I wanted to do and I said ‘Yes’. I then talked to Coach Narduzzi and he said it was a go.”
Maxwell-Black is a fast, explosive, physical linebacker that is known for making plays and is looking forward to looking forward to becoming a Pitt Panther.
“Pitt just added a leader, a physical player that’s smart and fast,” he said. “I can’t wait to get up there.”