Friday was a productive day for the Pitt football program, as the Panthers hosted a talented athlete on an unofficial visit.
Class of 2023 wide receiver Chris Lawson Jr., made the decision to travel from his hometown of Cornelius, North Carolina and make an unofficial visit to Pitt, one of the schools that’s shown early interest in him. Along with Pitt, Lawson (6-foot-1, 165 pounds) holds offers from Florida International, Charlotte, NC State and South Carolina.
Pat Narduzzi and Pitt have had their eye on him since he was in eight grade and were the second team to offer him a scholarship back in May of 2020. Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Lawson on Friday night following his day at Pitt and asked him his reason for making the long drive up to Pittsburgh for the visit.
“Some of the Pitt coaches reached out to me about getting me here and wanted me to come on an unofficial visit,” Lawson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I talked to my parents and we decided to make the trip because their definitely one of the top schools on my list. The trip was definitely worth it, I loved it.
“I got to work with (wide receivers coach Brennan) Marion and that honestly went awesome. We talked about a lot of things and the Pitt coaching staff as a whole is just so knowledgeable and welcoming. I really learned that the Pitt football program has a really good environment. We toured the campus, the general area and around the athletic facility like the locker room, the weight room and the cafeteria — the food there was outstanding, by the way. The Pitt facilities are just top notch and really some of the best that I’ve seen. They’re super nice, up to date, have everything that an athletes needs and have some of the best food in the country. Plus, they’re next to an NFL team which is really a huge advantage.”
The other part of the day that Lawson enjoyed was finally getting to meet and talk with the Pitt coaches, who have been recruiting him for over a year. It was nice to finally put the face to the voices that he’s been hearing on the phone, especially with Marion.
“I think all the coaches on the Pitt staff are really genuine and I can tell that they really want me there which is good,” said Lawson. “Coach Marion, which was the first time I met him, great guy and I can tell would be a great coach to play for. I was with him a lot and he’s someone that is full of energy and wants what is best for his players.”
Lawson has had a busy summer with previous visits to Wake Forest, North Carolina, along with a few other schools. Upcoming, he will be taking part in a camp and will visit Virginia Tech.