Pitt was able to add IMG Academy tight end Jake Renda to their Class of 2021 and are now working on one of his highly rated teammates.
2022 defensive tackle Nick James (6’3”, 255) is rising recruit with an impressive early list of offers from programs such as Pitt, Auburn, Florida State, Miami (FL), Mississippi State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
James, who is a native of Alabama, received his offer from Pitt back in May and is being recruited by Rob Harley. James is excited to officially start talking with the Panther coaches and other programs, when they can begin contacting him in the very near future.
”Right now I’m focusing on my academics because I only have a week of summer school left so I’m really focusing on that,” said James. “Plus, I know that coaches can start officially start contacting me on September 1 so I’m looking forward to that and really get my recruitment started.”
”The attention I get from these schools is something big and a part of what I’m eventually going to base my decision on. I can’t call them and if they don’t take the time to call me and get to know me, that will show that they really don’t want me.”
James admits that he doesn’t have any early favorites and plans on enjoying the large amount of attention that he will no doubt receive. As far as Pitt goes, he doesn’t know much but one thing that has him impressed is their football complex and training facilities.
”I received my offer from Pitt during quarantine and Coach Harley and I have stayed in contact a lot since then. Coach Harley has been very impressive and seems like he’s really honest. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know him.”
Beyond blessed to be ranked a 4⭐️ and included in the ESPNJR300 pic.twitter.com/5gh03qhNzm
— Nick James¹⁹ (@Njames9999) July 15, 2020
James describes himself as an explosive player coming off the ball with a high-motor and is very strong.
I wrapped up my conversation with James and got his thoughts on his teammate making a commitment to Pitt. He anticipates Jake Renda turning into a recruiter for his new team.
”I was happy for him. I talked to him before he actually committed and announced and he was talking about how he has family in Pittsburgh and how it would be a great opportunity for him. I’m really happy for him.”