In their first week of open recruiting, Pat Narduzzi and his staff were able to do a solid job of getting out of town recruits to make a visit and attend their spring practices.
2023 running back Chad Alexander II made the flight from Lawrenceville, Georgia to Pittsburgh and couldn’t have been more impressed with what he was able to see. At this point, Alexander doesn’t hold an offer from Pitt, but they clearly have interest in him.
“Coach Manalac first reached out to me in December and wanted to make initial contact with me,” Alexander told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Then, Coach Powell reached out to me and then came to visit me at school, and we had a good talk. After that, Coach Manalac and Coach Cignetti came to my school to see me after Coach Powell did.”
“What led me to come up and visit was both Coach Manalac and Coach Cignetti texted me and sent me the spring schedule and told me that they really would like me to come visit real soon,” Alexander said. “Really, I wanted to get up there as much as they wanted me to come up and visit.”
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— Chad Alexander ll (@ChadAlexanderJr) November 14, 2021
After watching his film, it’s no secret why the Pitt staff is recruiting him. Alexander has blazing speed and aside from being a standout football player, he is also a state track and field champion in Georgia.
“The Pitt coaches love my speed along with the explosiveness and vision I have on the field,” said Alexander. “In track, I’m a four-time All-American and one-time National Champion in Track and Field. I feel that running track has really helped me in football in terms of my breakaway speed and ability to explode. I run in the 100 primarily and 200 4 by 4.”
First meet yesterday…11.1 in the 100(no pr) ranked top 25 in the state, anchor on the 4×100 and got 1st which makes us 2nd fastest in the state and top 10 in the country 💪🏽💨@RecruitGeorgia @_Coach_Williams @Mansell247 @Coach_Senger @JoeBeschorner @AHSTigersSports @AHSTigersTF pic.twitter.com/SlZh9tXJ6b
— Chad Alexander ll (@ChadAlexanderJr) February 27, 2022
“In terms of my impressions of my visit, the campus at Pitt is just beautiful,” Alexander said. “My parents and I were just talking about this. It was just a mix of everything, from a city area, a mountain area with houses on the hill, everything was just beautiful. We toured and drove around at nighttime, and everything was lit up. The people in Pittsburgh was also something that impressed me with how everyone was so welcoming and had great energy.”
Aside from touring the campus and facilities, Alexander and his family watched Pitt’s Friday practice, which was their first padded practice of the spring. Watching a Power Five team practice and getting to meet a future NFL Hall of Fame player is something that Alexander won’t forget.
“Wow, the first day of pads, they were definitely going at it,” said Alexander. “They were playing with so much passion and you could tell how much they all wanted to better each other and get better as a team. That was impressive to see. During practice, I was really focused on watching the running backs but there was so much to see, I was also checking out the receivers and the defensive backs too. During practice, Israel (Abanikanda) came over and said, ‘Hi,’ and thanked us for coming and said he was glad we were here.
“I also saw Aaron Donald which was crazy. It was after we were doing the photo shoot and Coach Gallagher told us, ‘Aaron Donald is in the weight room, hurry up and get dressed’. We hurried up and went to the Pitt weight room and saw him lifting and working out. He just won a Super Bowl and he’s already back here working out. I was like, ‘That’s really Aarond Donald,’ I was amazed. He saw us and waved, and someone asked him if we could get a picture with him and he said, ‘Yeah, come on in.’ We went in and took a picture with him.”
Alexander spoke with all the coaches after practice, and they told him that they would be down to Georgia later this spring to visit him and watch him practice.
“I’m definitely doing to try and put a show on,” Alexander said. “I’m looking forward to them coming down and continuing building our relationship.”