It was a big day for the high school Class of 2022 as college programs were permitted to make contact with them via text, direct message, e-mail or mail for the first time on Tuesday.
The Pitt staff was busy reaching out to recruits nationally along with players in Western Pennsylvania. To this point, Pitt has not extended an offer to any WPIAL players in the Class of 2022, but do have a bunch on their radar and will look to see how they perform and develop during this upcoming high school season.
One of the many players from the area that heard from Pitt on the first day of contact was wide receiver Lorenzo Jenkins from Fox Chapel. Last season in 10 games, Jenkins (6-foot-3, 165 pounds) caught 36 passes for 511 yards (14.2 yards/catch) and seven touchdowns.
sophomore season highlights👇🏽👇🏽https://t.co/9uSqPJth8S
— Lorenzo Jenkins (@cantguardzo_) November 4, 2019
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Jenkins on Tuesday after hearing from Pitt and that dialog has him very excited and extra motivated for the upcoming season.
“I did not even realize that it was September 1 and it was the date that I was allowed to start talking to coaches,” said Jenkins. “I just woke up like it was a regular day at 5 a.m. to lift and saw that Coach Narduzzi was following me (on Twitter) and he sent me a direct message as well. Coach said that I am a priority for them.
“I was so excited after getting that message from Coach Narduzzi. I told my mom and my family that seeing that message and ones from other schools makes me want to put in so much more work to my game and work harder because I know that I have the ability to improve and get so much better.”
Jenkins told PSN that the message from Pitt wasn’t the first time he’s heard from a member of the Pitt staff. Throughout last season, various members of the staff were in touch with his Fox Chapel coaches.
“One of their recruiting coordinators were in touch with my coach,” said Jenkins. “Also, I attended one of their practices last season and right before COVID-19 hit, we were invited and planned on going to one of their spring practices but then they were canceled.”
Jenkins describes himself as a player with great hands and is able to use his height to his advantage. Two of his main individual goes this season are to improve on his speed along with his strength.
“With my hands and with my size, my I get a ball thrown up to me, I don’t believe anyone can matchup and guard me.”
Having the chance to play football this fall is important to Jenkins and other recruits around the area looking to showcase their skills to colleges in the hopes of earning a scholarship. If it comes, what would a scholarship from Pitt mean to him?
“That would mean the world to me,” said Jenkins. “Pitt is definitely my dream school, I grew up here and I’ve followed them for a long time. I love what Coach Narduzzi is doing with the program, it’s getting so much better, and it’s something that I would love to one day be a part of.”