Throughout the year, when interviewing high school recruits following a visit they made to a college, most players will attempt to reserve themselves and not totally express their feelings about that program and their coaches. Many players desire to keep their recruiting information and feelings to themselves and family members.
However, that was not the case with class of 2023 quarterback Emory Williams, who couldn’t be more open about his recent visit to Pitt. The native of Milton, Florida traveled to Pittsburgh for an unofficial visit last week on Wednesday and Thursday and could not have been more excited and complimentary of Pat Narduzzi and his program.
Williams received his offer from assistant quarterbacks coach Jonathan DiBiaso on February 25 and didn’t waste any time getting to Pittsburgh to check out the ACC Champions in person.
“It was really unreal how amazing and perfect the Pitt experience was. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Williams told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The facilities that they have, the coaches they have and the connections and resources that the program provides athletes is unbelievable. The campus was insanely nice, the Cathedral of Learning was awesome. Pitt was the most unique campus that I’ve ever seen. This was my fifth visit to a college, and I’m never seen anything like Pitt. I was blown away.”
Those are some pretty strong comments from Williams, and he had more when talking about getting to be around the team for their practice on Thursday. He spent time with the coaches and players and sat in on team meetings.
“What caught my eye most was the coaches at Pitt,” he continued. “Coach Cignetti, the track record and background that he has is unbelievable. He’s done time in the NFL, he’s done time in college and I’m a huge fan of his offense and he just seems like he was an unlimited knowledge of football. I was also a fan of Coach Narduzzi. I loved how he ran his practice and his personality. The culture of those two coaches seem to run together and are two coaches and Pitt is a program, is a place that I’d want to be a part of.”
“I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in the quarterback meeting room with Coach Cignetti and all the quarterbacks,” he said. “During practice, we talked about certain players, routes, formations, foot work, different drills. Honestly, the amount of information and knowledge that I learned from just that practice was immeasurable. How they ran practice and how the drills were run, made me want to go grab a football and go out there and throw with the quarterbacks. I really feel like the kind of offense that Pitt runs is something that I would really fit in well with.”
Listening to how much Williams enjoyed Pitt and considering he does hold an offer, the obvious final question to him was where Pitt stands with him and is he considering giving them a commitment in the near future?
“I have a couple more schools that I have in mind that I wanted to visit before I make a decision, but I was really impressed with Pitt and I’m excited to see what the future holds with that decision,” Williams added. “I can definitely see myself as a Pitt Panther. I was really, really impressed.”
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— Emory Williams (@EmoryWilliams11) November 28, 2021