The month of June will be very busy for Pat Narduzzi and his football program.
Not only will the Panther coaches host a number of high school players on their official visits to Pitt, they’ll also running five separate football camps over at the UPMC Sports Complex. Starting on Sunday June 6, the Pat Narduzzi Football Camps return after a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These one day camps, which are run by members of the Pitt coaching staff, allow Narduzzi and his assistants to evaluate players that they’re considering offering a scholarship to in-person. In the past, these camps have been very valuable to players who’ve caught the eye and impressed Pitt coaches.
One player that’s looking to make that positive impression and earn an offer from Pitt is Mason Ludwig.
Ludwig is a 2023 3-star offensive lineman Mason Ludwig (6’5″, 275) from East Liverpool, Ohio. At this point, Ludwig holds four offers (Kentucky, Iowa State, Toledo and Miami, Ohio) but says that he would love to add one from the Panthers.
“Pitt was actually the first school to send me an actual letter which I thought was pretty cool,” Ludwig told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Getting a text or a call is nice but to get an actual handwritten letter with a Pitt logo on it was pretty cool. I received that letter over the winter from Coach Karlo, who was one of my first football followers. Since then, my uncle who is also my head coach, has talked to Coach Manalac about me and he sent me the camp invite. They said that they want to see me and get me to the camp.”
— GameChangers Training (@CoachAmeer) January 21, 2021
“I’m excited to get out there and prove a point and try and earn an offer from Pitt, that’s the goal. I have other offers but when I go to a camp like this, I’m anxious to find out what other people and coaches think of me. I want to know what they believe I need to work on from a colleges coaches perspective. I feel like I’m made to play offensive line. Over the last year, I believe my speed has gotten better and my body has changed for the better over the last couple of years. I used to be a little chubby boy, I’m not going to lie, and I’ve grown up and put on some good weight.”
— Mason Ludwig (@mlud_13) April 17, 2021
Along with the four offer that he’s already received, Ludwig tells PSN that he’s also hearing from and gotten camp information from programs like Stanford, Iowa, Texas Tech, Cincinnati and Nebraska. Ludwig is excited about the interest he’s receiving and expects June and July to be busy months for him. Things will start with him participating at the Pitt camp on June 19.
“I’d really like to get an offer from Pitt,” said Ludwig. “Aside from being a big football program, my mom would love for me to stay close to home because she doesn’t want me to go super far away. Pitt is a really good program, I’ve always liked Pitt, so they would definitely be one of my top schools.”