As has been their recruiting style for a number of years, Pitt has identified a lightly recruited player and hope that getting in early will pay off in the end.
Wednesday night, Tiquan Underwood personally extended an offer to 2023 defensive back Eli Campbell from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to today, Campbell’s other two offers were from Central Michigan and Missouri State, so this was his first Power Five offer.
— Eli Campbell (@datkideli2) February 24, 2022
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Campbell this afternoon to get his thoughts on the offer and found out that this wasn’t the first time he’s spoken with Underwood.
“I was very excited after getting the offer from Pitt and it really meant a lot to me,” said Campbell. “I was so excited. I was tired after coming home from a track meet when I found out. I talked with him (Tiquan Underwood) and actually I met him before when my team made a visit to Rutgers. So, this wasn’t the first time that I talked with him. He told me that he liked me as a player, liked my film and liked that I was a hard worker. He told me to keep working hard, never be satisfied and then told me I had the offer.
“As far as Coach Underwood goes, I’ve gotten to learn that he’s a really cool dude. When talking with him, he really gives off good vibes and he’s really funny and easy to talk to. He’s from Jersey and has that accent but he’s really cool and a great coach.”
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— Eli Campbell (@datkideli2) November 30, 2021
Campbell describes the strength of his game as his ability in man-to-man coverage and his versatility. For his high school team, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete plays cornerback, safety slot and even some linebacker. He tells me that he prides himself on “doing it all” and whatever his team needs him to do. Campbell also points out his tackling skills and that “I don’t miss many tackles.”
Now that his first Power Five offer is in, look for more to follow for Campbell. He tells PSN that he’s been hearing lately from programs such as Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Coastal Carolina, Indiana and Vanderbilt.
Campbell admits that his knowledge of Pitt, aside from Paris Ford, isn’t great but now that they’ve offered, he intends to start researching them and looks to continue to build his relationship with Underwood and other members of the staff. In fact, he also hopes to and will look into possibly making a spring visit.