Pitt continued their quest to add quality offensive lineman to their program by extending an offer to a top junior from Georgia.
2023 four-star offensive tackle Shamurad Umarov (6-foot-7, 310 pounds) from Denmark High School in Alpharetta, Georgia found out this morning that Power Five offer was from the ACC champion Pitt Panthers. This continues an impressive run of offers for Umarov, who’s ranked by 247 Sports as one of the Top 200 juniors in the country. Along with Pitt, Umarov holds offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Missouri, North Carolina, NC State, Purdue, Tennessee, Central Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Along with from Pitt, Umarov also received an offer today from LSU.
Here’s some clips from the UA Camp❕ pic.twitter.com/khOuEWC1v5
— Shamurad Umarov (@ShamXXl) March 21, 2021
While Umarov is appreciative of all these opportunities to play college football, this isn’t something he necessarily expected and tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s trying to get used to all of this attention.
“It’s definitely an exciting time for me but I do have to say that it’s getting a little bit overwhelming,” said Umarov. “There is a good number of coaches coming into my school daily and leaving messages on my phone. They’re all starting to text me a lot since the Class of 2022 is almost done. While it’s overwhelming, I’m not complaining and consider myself very lucky to be in this position and have a chance to do all of this. When it starts to get overwhelming with the texts and messages, I put my phone away for like an hour and then I get back to them.”
“To help me with process and all of this, I started keeping notes every day and list coaches that came to see me,” Umarov said. “Yesterday, I had two, the day before that four. I have a list of which college it was and if we met in person or we talked on the phone. That’s a way for me to see who is making an effort to keep in contact with me, who stops by and says hi or the teams that just stop by the school and offer me and leave without saying anything to me. I’ve noticed that Michigan State is always coming, Virginia is always coming, Ole Miss and Tennessee are coming back and forth. That shows to me that they really care and are interested in creating a relationship with me.”
The Pitt Panthers officially started the process this morning of recruiting this talented lineman and it happened in a way that made an impression on Umarov.
“This is my second time being in contact with Pitt,” Umarov said. “The first time was probably back in October as one of their coaches stopped by to see me in person. I shook his hand and we talked about how my season was going. Then this morning, I saw that their head coach started following me on Twitter and I was like wow that must mean something. Then I walked into school and went to my first period and after it ended, I got a message from him (Pat Narduzzi) and he told me how he loved my film, loved how I play and want that type of playing style at Pittsburgh. He then offered me.”
— Shamurad Umarov (@ShamXXl) January 27, 2022
While Umarov was excited for the offer from Pitt, he was really impressed that the offer came from Narduzzi, instead of from an assistant coach which is how offers are typically extended.
“I can’t believe that it was him that contacted and told me, that really means so much to me,” Umarov said. “That really means everything that he was the one instead of an assistant or one of the recruiting directors. It came straight from him, that was amazing. He later told me that he would love to get me to come up to campus for a visit and I said of course but I first have to talk to my family to see if I have a ride.”
✅ Junior Season https://t.co/PmxsGBBH1y
— Shamurad Umarov (@ShamXXl) November 28, 2021
This will be a busy spring for Umarov, who’s started to discuss with his family unofficial visits that he wants to make this spring.
“I know that I’m heading up to Tennessee with my mom and sister to check out the campus, talk with the coaches and see how they do things,” Umarov said. “After that, I’ll have time in the spring to look at a lot of places and spring practices and spring games. I’ve already talked to Michigan State, UNC, NC State, Auburn and others about getting out there this spring. I have to get with my parents to schedule all of these. Sometimes my o-line coach comes over to our house to help us coordinate everything that we have to do. We also talk about how I’m going to eventually have to narrow things down and make like a Top 10 or Top 5 and then eventually the college I will go to.”
Pitt has officially thrown their hat in the recruiting battle for Umarov. Let’s see what sort of impression they can make over the next couple of months.