Following a successful year of recruiting the offensive line position, the Pitt staff is trying to duplicate that for the 2022 cycle.
Thanks to the efforts of Andre Powell and Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers are in the running for one of their top targets for the Class of 2022.
3-star offensive tackle Andre Roye (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland released his top six schools, which were Pitt, Penn State, Arizona State, Michigan, Maryland and Rutgers.
“Picking a top six wasn’t really that hard,” Roye told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I talked with my coach and he said there might not be a recruiting season in the spring either because of a possible second wave of corona so I felt it was time to narrow things down. I then just started working on a list and went a lot with who was talking to me and showing the most interest in me.”
“As far as Pitt goes, I talk with Coach Powell all the time, he hits me up a lot and I also talk with Coach Narduzzi a lot. The left tackle at St. Frances before me, Mike Statham, he ended up going to Pitt. He’s like my big brother and he tells me all the time about Pitt. Mike is always telling me how good the facilities are, how the practices are run, what meetings are like and stuff like that. It’s good to get a point of view from a player that goes there and not just from the coaches that are recruiting you. Considering my relationship with Coach Powell, yeah, it was like a no-brainer for me to put Pitt in my top six. That was an easy one.”
In terms of his talks with Powell and Narduzzi, I asked Roye what specifically they’re trying to sell him on to lure him to Pitt?
“Pitt already has a good program,” said Roye. “They’re just trying to add a few more things so that they can be the best they can be and be one of the best schools in the ACC. They’re definitely a team that I can see myself playing for.”
In terms of a timeline, Roye tells PSN that he doesn’t have a specific one because he’d still like the opportunity to be able to make an in-person visit to these programs. However, if he isn’t able to do so, he believes that he has three schools from his top six that he’d feel comfortable committing to without taking a visit.