It’s been quite a year for long-time Pitt assistant Charlie Partridge.
The highly respected defensive line coach once again saw his unit be the leading contributor towards Pitt leading the country in quarterback sacks. Not only that, but Partridge will proudly watch next month as a few of his players achieve a lifelong dream. Defensive ends Rashad Weaver and Patrick Jones along with defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman will all hear their names called at some point during next month’s 2021 NFL Draft.
Because of all this, Partridge was named the 2020 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year.
With all of these accomplishments, it’s not surprising that talented lineman across the country are interested in making visits to Pitt and possibly wanting to play for him to become the next Patrick Jones or Rashad Weaver.
2022 3-star defensive tackle Malachi Madison (Ellenwood, Georgia) announced earlier this week that he’d be taking an official visit to Pitt and tells Pittsburgh Sports Now a major reason for that is Pitt’s highly respected defensive line coach.
“Coach Partridge is the one that offered me. He was telling me how he really liked my film, that was after I reached out and sent it to him,” Madison tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “He told me that he watched it and really liked it. Ever since then, him and I have been really talking a lot, along with Coach Narduzzi and other defensive coaches at Pittsburgh. He liked the way I use my hands, my aggression on the field and my versatility because I can play any position on the defensive line.”
“I already knew that he was a good d-line coach and now he’s one of, if not the best defensive line coach in the nation. He really knows what he’s doing. Look what he did with Jaylen Twyman, who’s my favorite defensive lineman going in this years draft.”
Madison holds over 25 D-I offers including ones from Colorado, Iowa State, Minnesota, NC State, Penn State, Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Washington State and West Virginia. Madison has already chosen two of his five stops for official visits, Central Florida on June 11-13 and Pitt on June 3-5.
“When you look at it, getting the chance to work with and talk with Coach Partridge, if you’re a defensive lineman and you don’t at least try to go talk to him and see what he’s about and talking about at his school, then you’re doing things wrong. He’s a great coach, great person, knows what he’s doing and someone that can definitely take you to the next level,” said Madison.
Madison tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that next week, he will cut his list of offers down to a top eight, which will surely include Pitt.