Pat Narduzzi’s coaching staff had success a few years back recruiting a under the radar player from Virginia in Patrick Jones II and that’s worked out pretty well.
The Pitt staff is back there and have their eyes on a player with a similar profile to Jones.
The target this time is 2022 defensive end Kyree Moyston (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) from King’s Fork High School in Suffolk, Virginia. Moyston received the news a few days ago from Chris Beatty and the two sides caught up again this afternoon for a quick call before Moyston started football practice.
Although Moyston’s recruitment has been delayed because of his junior season not starting until the spring and he didn’t have a chance to work out for coaches over the summer, teams have been impressed by what they saw on tape last season when Moyston registered 57 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
In the last two weeks, this rising prospect picked up his first five offers with Arizona State being the first, followed by Liberty, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and now Pitt.
“This news and the offer from Pitt came as a surprise to me because this was the first time that I’ve heard from them,” said Moyston. “This offer and the others I’ve recently received really have gotten my excited. It’s a really good feeling and accomplishment to start receiving offers like this but I’m not satisfied. I know that I need to continue to working hard.
“I just spoke with Coach Beatty and it was real nice. One of the things that he told me was how they share a stadium with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which I think is kind of cool. It was my first time talking to him and he told me a little bit more about the school and football program. At the end of the call, he said that he wanted to talk again next week and that we’d do a Zoom Call with the other coaches.”
The position of defensive end is actually new to Moyston, with last season being the first time he’s played there. Previously, he was a linebacker and was actually a quarterback before receiving a suggestion from his coach to make the switch and he’s glad he did.
“One of my biggest strengths is my aggressiveness,” said Moyston. “To be honest with you, I like contact, I really like contact and like to hit people. My aggressiveness is what separates me from other players in my state. Most coaches might not realize this but I can run. I ran a 4.6 in the 40 and can actually move out and cover players in the slot.”
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Moyston told PSN that aside from the programs that have offered him, he’s also currently hearing from Louisville, East Carolina and Temple.