The Pitt football program has historically done a good job of recruiting Pittsburgh’s City League, most recently landing four-star defensive end Dayon Hayes.
The Panthers have their eye on a player that’s still very green but could turn into a diamond in the rough.
Keith Norman plays for University Prep and has the size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and athleticism of a Division-I athlete. The thing that Norman’s missing is game experience and extensive game highlights to show potential programs.
Last season, Norman’s junior year was his first season playing varsity football. After suffering a concussion during his 9th grade season, Norman choose to not play again until returning for the 2019 season.
— Keith Norman (@KSN300) June 2, 2020
Norman excelled and, although it was a short sample size, showed enough to impress college coaches including the staff at Pitt. In fact, Norman received a phone call on Wednesday from Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.
Although things are very much in the early stages, Norman was excited and proud to receive a phone call from the head coach of his hometown college.
”He told me that after my senior season they would look to see how I do and possibly look to get me an offer,” said Norman. “I only played during my 11th grade grade but I think I did some great things. Some teams see some promise in me and I’ve gotten some buzz.
”Coach said he really wants to see how I do during my senior season. Even before I heard from Coach Narduzzi, I was getting a lot of text messages from Pitt’s linebackers coach. They’ve all told me liked my film from my 11th grade film but want to see this year too to make sure.”
Norman currently plays middle linebacker for University Prep and although he’d like to continue playing there in college, coaches believe that he’ll eventually outgrow the position and move to defensive end.
The early attention he’s receiving from Pitt is motivating for Norman and he’s just hoping we have a 2020 high school season so that he can continue to develop and hopefully earn an opportunity at Pitt or another D-1 program.
“Pitt’s always been a dream school for me so hearing from them is definitely motivation. A possible offer from them would mean the world to me.”