In his heart, Darrell Sweeting knew that he was capable of playing Power Five football but had to remain patient.
Despite receiving tons of interest, no program had pulled the trigger and made an offer.
That was until today.
The native of North Palm Beach, Florida got the news that he’d long been waiting for and it came from Charlie Partridge and the Pitt Panthers.
“Man, it was big time,” Sweeting tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “When I found out, I jumped out of my bed. I wanted that first offer so bad. I know that when the first offer comes, others will follow. But more importantly, I like that the offer came from Pitt, I like them, I like their coaches, I like everything about Pitt. It was just so exciting to receive that first offer. Coach Partridge had come to my school in the past and we’ve talked. He told my head coach this morning that he wanted to offer me, so that’s how it worked out.”
“I’ve had so many schools come to my school, and they all show interest but with him, he showed me more interest and I kind of felt that it would be coming. I talked with my coach, and I just believed that I needed to trust things and trust the process. I knew that I needed to remain patient and that’s what I did. I’m not going to lie, it was hard to stay patient. There were some nights that I thought to myself that I wasn’t good enough to play, that I was too small, stuff like that. But I talked with my coach every day, I talked with my parents, I prayed a lot about it, and I got my first offer.”
At The Benjamin School, Sweeting starts at both defensive back and wide receiver, plus he’s an elite long jumper for the school’s track and field team. With his ability to play equally as well on either side of the ball, Sweeting’s future position in college is yet to be determined.
— Darrell Sweeting (@SweetingDarrell) January 27, 2022
“I feel that I’m a great athlete. I feel like when I’m on the field that I’m the fastest athlete on the field. I can play anywhere on the field. On defense, I will lock down a team’s top receiver and on offense, I’ll go catch a 60–70-yard touchdown. I have a motor, that’s for sure. The schools that are recruiting me, they usually ask me what position I want to play, and I just say I’m an athlete. I don’t know what where I’ll play in college, but I believe that I’m good enough to play either side of the ball.”
— Darrell Sweeting (@SweetingDarrell) January 20, 2022
Sweeting has already started to look into aspects of the Pitt football team and wants to make an unofficial visit in the very near future.
“I actually could have and would have visited last Saturday because one of my teammates went up there but my team had a basketball game so I couldn’t go. I hear that it’s a family up there and I want to get up there and check it out very soon.”