The Pitt coaching staff has shown the ability over the years to recruit and more importantly develop defensive ends.
With this years roster including names such as Rashad Weaver, Patrick Jones, John Morgan, Deslin Alexandre, Dayon Hayes and Habakkuk Baldonado, Charlie Partridge’s track record and reputation of being one of the top defensive line coaches in the country is no doubt a selling point to potential recruits.
As they look to reload that position for the future, the Pitt coaches have their eyes on a pass-rushing specialist in the Class of 2022.
3-star defensive end Micah Wing (6’4″, 200) from Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware has been hearing consistently from Andre Powell and Cory Sanders, especially since September 1. In fact, Wing’s last conversation with Pitt was last night with Powell.
“I’ve been hearing from Pitt a lot and I believe our relationship has been improving a lot since they offered me back in June,” said Wing. “They definitely have big plans for me if I should decide to commit there. It’s still early in the process but Pitt will definitely always be a top school for me and always in my Top 5.”
“In my talks with Coach Powell and Coach Sanders, they see me playing as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. They love my explosiveness coming off the ball and getting to the quarterback. They also tell me that they like the fact that I’m a player that not only gets to the quarterback but can also stop the run. Personally, I feel the strength of my game is rushing the passer and my versality. I’m definitely not afraid to get physical and make a big hit on the ball carrier. That’s just my mentality.”
With this sort of skillset and physical mentality, Wing believes he’d fit in well with Randy Bates attack style defense and he’s enjoyed what he’s seen on television from the Panthers this season and over the years.
“I love watching them play,” said Wing. “I also used to love watching Aaron Donald when he was there. I loved watching and still love watching his technique and try to learn something from it. Now, I really like watching Paris Ford play for them. Even though he’s a safety, I like watching him because of the hybrid style I play. In case, I line up as a backer and need to get in coverage. I watch how Paris gets to the ball and make plays.”
Wing currently holds offers from Pitt, Boston College, Rutgers and Kansas but is also currently getting interest from programs like Louisville, Notre Dame, Duke, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech and others.
“With this COVID situation currently going on, it’s a bummer that I’m not able to get out and make visits to schools. Because of that, right now I’m looking for which schools are recruiting me the hardest and showing me the most love.”
Wing is very much looking forward to getting out on recruiting trips but until then he’ll continue communicating with schools like Pitt, who he feels very comfortable about.
“Oh yeah, definitely, I like what I’ve heard from Pitt, they’re a great program.”