Pitt and Penn State don’t compete against each other anymore on the football field but that doesn’t mean they don’t still compete. From time to time, the coaching staffs from those respective school’s battle against each other for high school recruits and that’s certainly the case with top recruits from Western Pennsylvania.
Over the last few years, Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers won the recruitment of local players four-star defensive tackle Elliot Donald, four-star defensive end Dayon Hayes and four-star defensive end Nahki Johnson, while James Franklin and Terry Smith bested the Panthers for four-star outside linebacker Zuriah Fisher, four-star defensive back Lamont Payne and more recently, four-star linebacker Anthony Speca.
In the upcoming Class of 2024, the two schools will no doubt be going head-to-head for five-star Belle Vernon athlete Quinton Martin and four-star linebacker Cam Lindsey from Aliquippa.
On Saturday, Lindsey made the short drive to the South Side in order to attend Pitt’s Junior Day.
The star linebacker has made numerous visits to both schools, so the seeing the surroundings isn’t such a big deal. The thing that both programs want to do is to try and get Lindsey to their campus as much as possible in order to strength the bond between himself and members of their football program.
Narduzzi was able to do that yesterday and Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Lindsey on Sunday morning, and he mentioned something that stood out about his day at Pitt.
“Before the actual Junior Day started, me and Coach Duzz had a good conversation about school and graduation rates and also majors at Pitt,” said Lindsey. “Having a conversation like that was something that I don’t really do with other schools, and I felt like that was a very important conversation from yesterday.
“Coach also brought up how former players graded out for them when they entered the NFL Draft. He really wants every player that God willing gets the opportunity to play at the next level and Coach Duzz and Pitt want their players to have the best opportunity as possible. They believe they can do that for me at Pitt.”
Lindsey said that initially he wanted to study engineering but is now leaning towards business management or sports management. While Lindsey himself has never said this publicly, the chatter within the recruiting world is that Penn State is the front-runner for him. I asked Lindsey to describe how he currently feels about Pitt and where they stand.
“Any time that I get to see and be around the Pitt coaches and I see them a lot, they really make me feel like I’m a big priority for their program,” said Lindsey. “That’s really special because not every player gets attention like that, and they don’t make every recruit feel like that,” he said.
We wrapped up our conversation with Lindsey updating PSN on schools that are in contact with him the most and also any upcoming trips that he has planned.
“Schools that are reaching out the most to me are West Virginia, Penn State and Pitt. Virginia is starting to, as well as Cincinnati, with their new coaching staff. I should mention Kentucky too and I’ll actually be making a visit to Kentucky next Saturday.”
In terms of a decision date, Lindsey says that it’s still “probably sometime away and I really need to know exactly where I fit in with these schools’ schemes. Once I figure that out, I might decide where to go.”