Charlie Partridge is one of the best defensive line coaches in college football.
Year after year, the Pitt Panthers finish the season as one of the top teams in college football when it comes to sacking the opposing quarterback. Part of that is due to the Panthers defensive scheme but it also has to do with the type of players Partridge and Pat Narduzzi look to bring into the program. Pitt has proven that they don’t have to bring in 4- and 5-star players to develop into pass rushing studs in their system. Rashad Weaver, Patrick Jones, Haba Baldonado, Jaylen Twyman and Calijah Kancey are some recent examples of that.
In other words, if Partridge offers someone a scholarship, he believes the player is talented and can excel on his defensive line at Pitt.
Partridge must feel that way about Wayne Peart because he recently received a scholarship offer from Pitt–and it was his first Division I offer.
Peart (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) is a 2023 defensive lineman from Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Florida. Following his offer from Pitt, Peart quickly received ones from both Penn State and Syracuse.
“Getting that first offer was both special but also shocking,” Peart tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It was a lot to take in but after the news sunk in, I was very, very happy and realize all my hard work over the years had paid off. I wasn’t really thinking much about getting that first offer, my mindset was really about trying to get better and looking ahead to next season. I knew that I have things that I can improve on, and I needed to put the work in and I wasn’t going to settle for any less. I didn’t know when that first offer was going to come but in the back of my mind, I felt that it was going to come eventually.”
“In terms of what I know about Pitt, I know that their defensive line is amazing, and they’ve recently sent out some good defensive lineman to play in the NFL. I’ve heard that they city of Pittsburgh is beautiful and that their fan base is passionate and really love their sports in Pittsburgh.”
When talking about his individual strengths, Peart mentions his versatility, being someone that can lineup both inside and outside for his team.
— Wayne Peart (@WaynePeart1) December 27, 2021
“Coaches love my versatility,” said Peart. “I’m also someone that is going to play hard and give effort and I’m not afraid to mess up on the field because I’ll learn from it and then immediately fix it. As far as things I need to work on, I need to get better with my hands but that’s an easy fix. In college, I believe my position will end up being defensive tackle. I’ll have the ability to both stuff the run and also get after the quarterback but right now, I’m a better pass rusher than I am a run stuffer, but I can get the job done with that too.”
With recruiting opening back up in terms of on-campus visits, Peart says he’s getting prepared for that, and hopes get around and take in some unofficial visits, which obviously could include Pitt.