It’s been a busy week for the Pitt football staff as they’ve not only been reaching out to players in the Class of 2022 but in some cases extending them offers.
The latest example of that is a versatile athlete from Florida.
The Panthers’ latest offer went to three-star athlete James Weatherspoon from Jones High School in Orlando, Florida. Weatherspoon also holds offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, UCF and Western Michigan.
After getting the news from Salem on Thursday afternoon, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Weatherspoon about his latest Power Five offer.
“I was texting with Coach Salem and during that he let me know that I had received an offer from Pitt,” said Weatherspoon. “When coach told me that I was very excited. Pitt has been in touch with my coaches for a while. They actually came out to my school last year. During that time, they were asking what position I wanted to play because at the time I was playing cornerback.”
Weatherspoon is listed as an athlete because he can and has played various position for his high school team. His future position may very well be determined by how much he grows over the next two years.
“To be honest, I played everything on defense,” he said. “I can play cornerback, strong safety, free safety, linebacker. My coaches just move me all over right now.”
Weatherspoon said that since his freshman season, he’s really worked out hard, lifted weights and has seen his weight gone up from 135 pounds to currently 180 pounds entering his junior season. He describes himself as a magnet to the ball carrier and believes his biggest strength is that he’s a reliable tackler.
— James Weatherspoon lll (@lilweatherspoon) September 4, 2020
Since Sept. 1, Pitt hasn’t been the only program that’s been in touch with Weatherspoon as he told PSN he’s heard from Pitt, Louisville, Clemson, Middle Tennessee and Marshall this week.
“When it comes time for me to make my decision, one of the biggest factors for me is going to be my relationship with the coaches and the bond that we’re able to build over the next year,” he said. “If I’m not feeling it with the coaches, then I won’t be going there. The Pitt coaches right now seem really cool.”