Back in their Class of 2017, Pitt was able to land linebacker Cam Bright from Mobile, Alabama and he’s developed into a prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft. The Pitt coaches are back in Alabama this year looking at another playmaking linebacker.
Class of 2022 three-star outside linebacker Deuce Spurlock (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) had a conversation with Panthers linebacker coach Ryan Manalac, who informed him that he had another offer to play at Pitt. Spurlock holds 20-plus offers with Power Five offers from Boston College, Mississippi State and Washington State.
“When Coach told me I was real excited,” Spurlock told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Pitt put out Aaron Donald so they know what they’re doing and they know how to develop players. Yeah, I was excited when I got the offer. Pitt and I have been talking for a week or two, so I’d say it’s a developing relationship. It was nice to get to know each other on the phone for a bit before giving me the offer yesterday.
“Pitt likes my versatility with how I’m able to play multiple positions. I’m not just limited to playing outside linebacker and possibly being able to play safety as well. I think my versatility is something that stood out to them about me and increased my value with them. I believe one of my biggest strengths is my ability to rush off the edge but also having the ability to cover people, which makes me a three down linebacker instead of just a two down backer. I have also shown the ability to move across the field sideline to sideline really well.”
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Spurlock’s conversations with Pitt have been with Manalac, who’s still fairly new to the Pitt program, having taken over for Rob Harley. What were his initial impressions of Manalac, who could potentially be his future position coach?
“A very wise person and someone who really knows the game of football and he really knows what he wants in a player,” said Spurlock. “If he’s going to recruit someone, it has to be someone that fits their system and knows what to do with his players to get the best out of them.”
Spurlock told PSN that he doesn’t have any favorite schools at this point but is excited and encouraged with the amount of interest that he’s receiving, even from schools that haven’t extended an offer yet. No official visits have been set up and in case you’re wondering, the distance between Alabama and Pittsburgh wouldn’t scare him off from pursuing Pitt.
“My mom and I are actually starting to try and plan visits right now but we’re trying to determine where I’d like to go visit,” he said. “Distance isn’t a factor for me. I was actually born in Arizona, have lived in Virginia and now here (Alabama), so me traveling is nothing to me. Traveling is something I actually like to do because it allows you to meet new people, see other environments and see how other people act. Traveling and distance of the school won’t be a factor for me.”