Pitt football fans are very familiar with the name Pete Gonzalez, who quarterbacked the Panthers to their memorable double-overtime win over West Virginia back in 1997.
The current coaching staff at Pitt is hoping that Panther fans will soon be watching another Gonzalez wearing the blue and gold uniform.
With the recruiting dead period over with, Pat Narduzzi and his coaches invited a number of top WPIAL talent to The Pete last night for Pitt’s game against Duke. Included in that group was Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2024 wide receiver Peter Gonzalez, the son of “Pistol Pete”.
Gonzalez is developing into one of the top sophomores in Pennsylvania and has seen his recruitment soar in the last month with offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland, Marshall and Central Michigan. That list added another team Tuesday night as Gonzalez received an offer in-person from his hometown school.
On his way to school Wednesday morning, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Gonzalez to talk about last night and his feelings on finally getting the offer from Pitt.
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— Peter Gonzalez (@Petergonzalez70) March 2, 2022
“This last month has been amazing,” said Gonzalez. “You can never really prepare for something like that, but it is a kid’s dream to be able to get offers like I’ve received and for it to happen to me this early in my career is amazing. I’m really trying to take this one day at a time because I only get to go through this process once in my life.
“Colleges love to come and visit Central Catholic and love to see the amount of talent that the school has on a yearly basis. I feel like once they start coming in, my offensive coordinator did a really good job of presenting me, my film and the coaches really liked it. From there, it’s just taken off.”
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver was named to the 6A 2021 second-team All-Conference team in his first season as a starter. Gonzalez had a feeling the offer would come last night, and he was correct as he officially got the news from Narduzzi and Tiquan Underwood.
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— Peter Gonzalez (@Petergonzalez70) November 24, 2021
“There was definitely some anticipation on when the Pitt offer would be coming just because I’m in the backyard at Central, but I felt like with some of the offers I’ve already received that it wouldn’t be too long before Pitt jumped on,” Gonzales said. “Obviously, growing up watching them it’s been a dream to get an offer one day from them.
“At halftime last night, coach Narduzzi took me to a room at The Pete and sat me down and said that they’ve been watching me for a long time and wanted to get you back on campus to try and make this more personable and make a good impression,” said Gonzalez. “With that being said, we want to offer you and my reaction was just joy. I honestly couldn’t get the smile off of my face. My dad was in the room with me, and his smile was bigger than anyone else’s. As a fan and a player, it’s great to see Pitt as a program on the come up and with the ACC Championship victory, I feel like they’re only going up from there.”
While Narduzzi was the person that officially extended him the offer, Gonzalez told me that the person he spent the most time with last night was wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood, who will be his primary recruiter.
“He was the first person to greet me when I got there, and he immediately made a great impression on me,” Gonzales said. “We had conversations throughout the entire night and he’s just an amazing guy. I found out that he’s very personable, someone with high energy, loves what he’s doing and super excited about the opportunity to come to Pitt and coach. He definitely made a great impression on me because of his excitement and the excitement he had for being at Pitt.”
With him just being a sophomore, the recruitment for Peter Gonzalez has really just gotten started. Tuesday night was a memorable night for the entire Gonzalez family.
“On the car ride home, my dad was just telling me how proud he was that all of this was happening,” Gonzales said. “He told me that when he got his Pitt offer, that he was super excited and that he’s just happy that can happen for me now. Obviously, he’s a little biased towards his alma mater and he gave me a little nudge to see how I was feeling about it and what I might be doing in my future.”