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2023 3-Star DL Stantavious Smith Quickly Builds Relationship With Pitt, Visiting in June



When it comes to recruiting, the way it usually works is a school initially goes after and recruits a player, but that’s not always how it goes.

The Pitt Panther football program has plenty of attractive qualities and it has the attention of a talented junior defensive lineman.

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Stantavious Smith is a 2023 three-star defensive lineman who holds offers from some of the top programs in the country. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder from Doughtery High School in Albany, Georgia has received scholarship offers from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas AM.

One school that wasn’t on that list was Pitt, but that changed last week after a phone call with Charlie Partridge. The interesting part of this story is that this relationship started after Smith contacted the coaches at Pitt.

“Everyone knows about Pitt football, and everyone knows that Aaron Donald went to Pitt,” Smith told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Aaron Donald is a big guy, he’s not a 6-foot-5 dude. I looked at that and I reached out to Pitt and told them that I believe that I could make a big impact there. I sent some of my spring film up there, and they were impressed. Coach Partridge told me that he likes how I play, he likes how I use my hands and my explosiveness. He (Partridge) hit the head coach up, he approved it and it went from there and I got the offer.”

“When I look at Pitt, it’s not just Aaron Donald,” Smith said. “Pitt has developed so many, I don’t want to say undersized defensive lineman, but they develop so many players to the league. Pitt just knows how to develop players. Plus, they’re a great program, they’re the ACC champions, which is a huge thing.”

Smith says that one of the biggest strengths of his game is the versatility that he offers a program. He considers himself a defensive lineman and doesn’t say that he plays just one position because he believes that he can play either nose tackle, defensive tackle or defensive end in college.

“I’m a player that can dominate either in the run game or by getting after the passer,” said Smith. “I can dominate by getting my hands on the offensive lineman or by using my speed to get by him.”

With official visits starting this weekend, things have progressed pretty quickly between Pitt and this talented lineman. Smith tells PSN that he’s scheduled an official visit to Pitt during the weekend of June 24-26.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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James Winans
James Winans
1 year ago

Well that’s different in a good way. Good to see Pitt’s name reverberate. Hope this ends up being a good match for both.

1 year ago
Reply to  James Winans

When I was at the ACC Championship game in December in Charlotte you see PITT fans walking around with Names and #s on their Jerseys. Like Fralic, Marino, Conner, Revis, McCoy, Donald, Fitzgerald. Dan Marino was on-site and recognized before the game, trumping all the other ACC Schools’ persons in attendance other than maybe Frank Beamer for VT in terms of the College game. I think that name recognition helps out with recruiting and offsets the Individual Team accomplishments and lower Attendance. Wake Forest people had on WF gear black and gold. No names or #s. In the ACC only… Read more »

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 year ago
Reply to  SRS

You do know that Florida State and Clemson play in the ACC right?

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