Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers have been able to get involved in recruiting higher-caliber players over the last few years due to the overall success of the football program.
It’s no secret that the more your team wins, the more they play in higher-profile games, the better chance you have of getting the attention of elite recruits.
The Panthers have been able to do that as evidenced by winning their first ACC championship in Charlotte last December.
Today, Pitt officially threw their hats in the ring for one of the highest-rated prospects that they’ve ever offered.
Daniel Calhoun is not just an elite prospect, in some circles, he’s viewed as the best. Calhoun is a 2024 five-star offensive tackle from Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia. Take a look at how highly this 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive tackle is viewed by national recruiting services. Rivals.com currently rates Calhoun as the No. 1 sophomore in the talent-rich state of Georgia, the No. 1 sophomore offensive tackle, and the No. 6 overall sophomore in the nation.
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Calhoun received word that his latest offer came from offensive line coach Dave Borbely and the Pitt Panthers.
35+ teams have extended Calhoun an offer, and some of the bigger names include Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
Pittsburgh Sports Now had the chance to catch up this evening with Calhoun and asked him about the pressure of such a lofty national status at a young age and his initial thoughts on the Pitt football program.
“It feels great. I want to be No. 1 in the country, and I just am very thankful and blessed to be in this position,” said Calhoun. “Right now, I’m just enjoying the recruiting process and trying to stay humble despite everything that’s happening.”
“My high school head coach Sullivan told me that Pitt offensive line coach Dave Borbely just offered me. I know Pitt is a good school and is a winning program. After my spring ball, I’m going to be looking more into schools. A big factor for me is to try and build relationships with the schools and their coaches.”
Calhoun was the second 5-star sophomore that Pitt offered this week, previously offering wide receiver Ryan Wingo.