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2026 Peters Twp. QB Looking Forward to Impressing at Pitt Camp

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Peters Township quarterback Nolan DiLucia celebrates with his linemen during the first half of the 5A WPIAL Championship Game. Pitt.

Hundreds of high school football players will have a huge opportunity to showcase their skills at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex this weekend.

The Pitt Panthers football program will host its first two camps of June on the South Side this weekend, bringing in prospective athletes from all over the country.

The great thing about this camp is that these athletes from various parts of the country will work out not only in front of Pitt coaches but coaches from Akron, James Madison, Navy, Marshall, West Liberty, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, Duquesne, Brown, Bowling Green, Cornell, Toledo, Lehigh and many other schools.

The goal for these players is to hopefully catch the eye of a coach who may offer a college scholarship one day.

One of the players who’s excited to showcase his skills is 2026 quarterback Nolan DiLucia from Peters Township in McMurray, Pa.

DiLucia had a remarkable sophomore season leading Peters Township (15-1) to a 5A WPIAL Championship and runner-up in the state title game.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder finished the season with 3,111 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, 489 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Those remarkable numbers led to DiLucia being named the WPIAL 5A Player of the Year and a second-team All-State selection.

The exciting part is that DiLucia has two more years to work on his craft and to impress college football programs. However, he will get an early opportunity to do that this weekend on the South Side.

“I was originally going to the camp on Saturday, I was invited by coach (Pat) Narduzzi and coach (Cory) Sanders when they came out to our school,” DiLucia told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I was then advised to go to the Sunday camp instead because it would have fewer quarterbacks (working out) and fewer players overall. Saturday, there’ll be over 110 kids and Sunday, there’ll only be like 20 quarterbacks there. There will be good competition on both days, but Sunday will be a bit easier to evaluate.”

It’s evident that DiLucia is looking forward to this weekend and believes he has a skillset that will impress coaches who are seeing him for the first time.

“I’m very excited,” DiLucia said. “I just want to go compete. Especially at the quarterback position, coaches like to see and really evaluate a player by seeing him in person. I’m going to have the chance to do that in front of a lot of different coaches. They’ll be able to see the way I can move, my footwork, my arm slot, the way I can throw a football.

“I hope to show them that my mechanics are sound and the way that I’m able to read the defenses. Guys I’m going to be throwing to are going to be guarded so I’m going to have the chance to show them what I can do. This is important because on video, you’re able to show coaches things, but it also highlights all your best plays. On Sunday, they’ll see all my throws and all of my reps.”

At this point of his recruitment, DiLucia holds one Division I offer, which came from Miami (Oh.) in March. He’s hoping that this weekend, and the rest of this summer, will jump-start his recruitment leading into what should be another successful season for the Peters Township football program.

“I’m going to be attending a good bit of camps this summer,” said DiLucia. “I’m hoping this summer will jump-start my recruitment and coaches see my potential because that will be a good start heading into my junior season where I’m hoping to do well. I really hope this Sunday is the start of a big summer for me and coaches like what they see from me.”

Any offers would be appreciated but getting an offer from Pitt is something that would be special for DiLucia.

“Pitt is obviously the hometown place, everyone loves their hometown,” DiLucia said. “Starting my freshman season, I always thought about staying in my hometown for college. Getting interest from Pitt would be pretty amazing, especially with the culture and tradition that they have. I’ve talked to players that have played there and the way they talk about it, it just seems like an amazing place to go. It’s definitely a place that I’d like to be a part of in the future.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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