Pat Narduzzi and his staff have done an excellent job over the last few years of identifying young talent early and extending them an offer first before other Power Five programs get involved.
On Tuesday, Pitt received a commitment from 2023 wide receiver Zion Fowler, after they were the first Division I school to extend him an offer during the summer.
Tim Salem was the lead recruiter on Fowler and “Turbo Tim” has now spotted another talented wide out.
On Monday, Salem and Pitt became the first Power Five offer for 2023 wide receiver Aidan Mizell from Boone High School in Orlando, Florida. This was a big day for Mizell because shortly before receiving the news from Pitt, he received his first Division I offer from hometown Central Florida.
“Everything that happened really meant a lot to me,” Mizell tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Getting the chance to play college football is amazing. I’ve been putting in some much work for so long, so for me to get those first offers was every exciting. I surely wasn’t expecting to receive two offers in the same day but I know that once you get that first offer, usually more start coming in. But that was amazing but I didn’t expect that to happen.”
“Coach Salem called me last night (Monday) and I wasn’t expecting the offer so I had no idea what he was calling for. He told me how Pitt really liked me, like my size and feel that I would be a great fit at Pitt. Then he went ahead and said that they were going to offer me. Coach Salem was really a funny dude and someone that I really could relate to. He was telling me how his kid lived down here and asked for my parents information and was just a nice, funny guy.”
Orlando, Florida is a long ways from Pittsburgh but Mizell says that he’s been following Pitt football, especially since their recent appearances on national television.
“I watch college football a lot so I’ve been watching Pitt a lot ever since I first heard from Coach Salem,” said Mizell. “I love everything about the Pitt program.”
Check out this highlight! 3 rec, 3 tds (again!) https://t.co/RcpOIx6IbL
— Aidan Mizell (@AidanMizell) October 15, 2021
2021 has been a breakout season for Mizell, evidenced by the D-I interest that he’s started to received. This season, Mizell has been a big play option for Boone High School as he currently has 29 catches for 669 yards and 13 touchdowns. That touchdown to reception ratio really stands out and Mizell believes the Pitt pass heavy system could be an ideal offense for him in college.
“My season personally has been great. I wish I could touch the ball a little more so I can score more (laughing). I’m just a big framed player (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) that can essentially do anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a deep ball or a short pass, when I get the ball I make plays. Whether that be from a hitch pass or a post, doesn’t matter. My speed is big for me but my yards after the catch is my biggest strength. I’m not the biggest player but I consider myself pretty hard to bring down and pretty good at breaking tackles.”
Mizell hasn’t starting making any unofficial visits yet but with offers starting to come in, that could be happening in the near future.