It’s been quite a week for the Pitt and the Aliquippa football programs.
On Thursday, Aliquippa Class of 2024 4-star linebacker Cam Lindsey announced his commitment to Pitt. On Sunday, head coach Pat Narduzzi extended an offer to one of the next stars of the Quips.
Eighth grader Larry Moon III received an offer from Pitt, which becomes his first D-1 offer, following a standout performance at Pitt’s Rising Stars Camp on Sunday. Moon starts his freshman season at Aliquippa High School in 2023.
Residents in the Hopewell/Aliquippa communities are well aware of the talent Moon possesses, so this offer probably doesn’t come as a surprise to them. Pitt is recruiting Moon (5-foot-11, 170-pounds) to play cornerback, but he possesses the athletic ability to play either running back, linebacker or elsewhere as a defensive back.
Central Valley Vs Aliquippa JH Championship Highlights. 15 Tackles, 1 Int, 1 FF, 2 TD’s, and the win with my teammates for the Trophy. @BrooksNir @KhalilEllerbee5 @BraddockAmbrose #CoachKramer #Football pic.twitter.com/pSwsKzS9AC
— Larry Moon III (@Larry_Moon3) March 24, 2023
“Today meant a lot to me,” Moon tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The dream has always been to be hometown so getting the offer from the hometown school is a blessing. I went out there today with the purpose of competing and to try my hardest. I didn’t go to Pitt this weekend thinking about earning an offer, I just went there with the mindset of competing and showing the coaches my skill level and what I can do.”
“Today, I led the warmups, and I led every defensive back drill. I believe that I did it with 100% effort, which I believe made me look good. I think that I proved to them that I can cover. I showed them that I’m fast, I’m physical and that I have the grades.”
Moon has a 4.0 GPA, so he was obviously smart enough to realize that after the camp, when Narduzzi asked him to come into his office, that an offer was on the way.
“Yeah, I thought the offer was coming then,” Moon said. “As I went to his office, I was extremely nervous, I’m not going to even lie about that. He told me to keep up the good work and that I’m talented, that I’m real talented.”
“The fact that I’m just going to high school and already have an offer like this, that’s crazy. But I know that the grind doesn’t stop, that I need to keep working hard and every day, I have to have the goal of trying to get better and better. I need to try and improve on things that I don’t do real well right now in order to make things perfect. Perfection is key.”