Scholarships for the Class of 2022 are very limited for Pitt but one player the Panthers are still pursuing is Alabama 3-star linebacker Deuce Spurlock.
When official scholarships were offered on Sunday, Spurlock was one of the players that received one from Ryan Manalac and Pat Narduzzi. The athletic, playmaking linebacker made his official visit to Pitt back on June 25 and previously announced a top five of Pitt, Michigan, Mississippi State, Liberty and Appalachian State. However, that is likely to change considering the interest he’s received over the last month.
Over the weekend, Spurlock (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) picked up an offer from South Carolina, and last week made an unofficial visit to see Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Spurlock on Sunday to get an update on his recruitment and to see if making a decision soon is in his near future.
“Coach Manalac and Coach Pat (Narduzzi) have been keeping in touch with me on a consistent basis,” Spurlock tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Pretty much what they’re telling me is, I’ve already visited there and I’ve already seen the environment. They just want to keep building the relationship with me and just want to keep getting to know each other better, even though we’ve seen each other in person. We want to keep getting to learn about each other and see where it takes us.”
“They know that I have to make the best decision for myself so they’re telling me to make sure I’m thorough in my decision and make sure I do all my research. The biggest thing they’re telling me is to make sure I ask questions about everything, especially the little things and little details.”
Spurlock realizes the importance of making such a huge decision and is taking his time to make sure he’s completely comfortable with his decision. I asked him if it’s been hard to stay patient throughout this process.
“Obviously seeing all these other kids making commitments, it sometimes makes me feel like let’s go and make a decision and put this behind me but I need to be thorough because this is a choice that’s going to effect the next three to five years of my life. I know that I need to get all the information that I need to make the best decision possible,” said Spurlock. “If I feel like I’m ready to make a decision now, then I’ll make it but if not, then I’ll wait.”
At this point, Spurlock tells PSN that they schools in contact with him the most are (in no order) Pitt, South Carolina, Michigan and Miami.
With all that being said, is a decision in the near future for Spurlock?
“I’m thinking sometime within the next two weeks but it could change depending on my talks with my parents. But right now, I’m feeling like sometime within the next two to three weeks.”
•29 Yards per catch
•7 Tackles for loss
•5 Pass break ups
•2 Blocked punts https://t.co/AkcdfrU2ck
— Deuce Spurlock (@deucespurlock) November 26, 2020
As a junior last season, Spurlock collected 89 Tackles, including seven tackles for loss and three sacks, along with five pass breakups and two interceptions.