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New WR Commit DaMarion Fowlkes Received Glimpse of the Future



Pitt wide receiver commit DaMarion Fowlkes

Poppi Williams hasn’t been at Pitt for long, just a handful of months, but he was the perfect host for DaMarion Fowlkes over the weekend.

Williams has played for Pitt offensive coordinator Kade Bell at Tusculum (D-II), Western Carolina and now at Pitt. He’s intimately familiar with how the offense works. So, he was pretty easily able to show Fowlkes — a 5-foot-10, 170-pound three-star wide receiver from Good Counsel in Olney, Md. — is going to fit in the offense.

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Fowlkes spent the weekend in Pittsburgh for his official visit, and when he wasn’t with the coaching staff, he was likely with Bell.

“Him coming from the school coach Kade came from and knowing that offense, he really explained it to me well,” Fowlkes told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “We sat down and watched a little bit of his film and he showed me the ins and outs of the offense, and it really just opened my mind and blew my mind how great that offense works.”

Fowlkes was given an inside look into how he’s going to fit into the offense.

“I see myself fitting really the same way Poppi plays,” Fowlkes said. “That slot, getting the ball in open space and just making plays.”

Bell has a type when it comes to the wide receivers he’s recruiting, and Fowlkes fits that mold. He’s a shorter, faster wideout who can play inside and outside. And he’s destined for that slot role in the offensive scheme, a weapon to be utilized in open space. He was ultra-productive as a junior at Good Counsel, leading the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns.

His official visit cemented his decision to commit to Pitt, but he’s certainly excited for the opportunity to play in Bell’s offense.

Fowlkes had a pretty good idea he would commit even before he arrived in Pittsburgh. 70/30, he said. He wanted to play in the Pitt offensive scheme but also saw firsthand the connection between the coaches and his future teammates. He wanted to be a part of that, too.

“It means a lot, the whole community really accepted me, even the commits who committed before this official visit,” Fowlkes said. “They really welcomed me with open arms and I’m just excited to be the next.”

The relationships with Bell and JJ Laster are strong on and off the field.

Fowlkes isn’t the highest-rated recruit, and Pitt doesn’t have the highest-rated class, but Fowlkes isn’t worried about that. He believes in himself and the class that’s been built in Pittsburgh. It’s special, he said.

“We aren’t the highest rated, really, not a lot of four or five stars, mostly three stars, but we have a lot of dog in us and we’re ready to compete and get better,” Fowlkes said. 

“I’m not the biggest, but I’m ready to work, I’m ready to get better and I’m ready to put on for Pitt.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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2 days ago

Decisiveness is a positive quality. Welcome. H2P. Great speed, great talent.

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