Recruits making official and unofficial visits to college campuses has been shutdown because of COVID-19. Despite college programs not being permitted to host players or give them tours of campus and facilities, recruits are able to make visits themselves and that’s exactly what a couple of local players recently did.
Amzil (6’10”, 215) is a 2021 forward from Finland that’s had his recruitment explode over the last month. Currently, Amzil holds offers from Pitt, Boston College, Dayton, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Marquette, NC State, Oklahoma State, SMU and St. John’s and has been in contact with coaches from Kansas, Illinois and North Carolina. Nguimbi (6’8″, 200) is a 2022 forward from Congo and recently moved to the area from Orlando, Florida. Nguimbi holds offers from Pitt, Alabama, Dayton, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa State, Rutgers, St. John’s and South Florida.
Since they’re not from the area, Amzil and Nguimbi wanted to learn more and get a better feel for Pitt so on Saturday, they took a self guided tour of the University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Amzil on Monday night to get his impression on his first look at Pitt.
“I went to the campus with my Coach Khayree and my teammate Fray, who also holds an offer from Pitt,” Amzil told PSN. “That was my first time really being in the city. I think Pittsburgh is very beautiful and I enjoyed being there because I live outside of the city. I’ve never been on a college campus before so I can’t compare it to anything but I liked the stadium. We got to talk in there and check it out. Overall, the campus was chill. It didn’t have too much going on but I understand that COVID has impacted that. Pitt is located in the city and I liked that. The Cathedral of Learning looked good too. Overall, I enjoyed my visit to the campus.”
Pitt currently only holds one scholarship for their Class of 2021 but Amzil is very much a priority as he’s been on two Zoom calls with Jeff Capel and his entire staff over the last month.