Pitt Notes: Panther fans travel; Acquire some new recruits

Posted on Dec 15 2015 - 3:21am by Joey Cinello
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Pitt surpassed ticket expectations

As an 8-4 team in a strong ACC Conference, Pitt was expecting a slightly better bowl game than the Military Bowl, but nothing other than good things are already coming out of this game.

One of the main reasons, in many people’s minds, the College Football Selection Committee did not give Pitt a bigger bowl was because of fans lack of traveling historically.

However, that all changed today for the Panthers. In recent weeks, we have seen Pat Narduzzi and other Pitt members tweet about the team selling tickets at a rapid pace, now they have met their quota of 8,000 tickets sold.

If you want to make the trip down to Annapolis and watch Pitt take on #21 Navy, tickets are still being sold on the official Military Bowl site.

Pitt’s athletic director Scott Barnes confirmed the news today via Twitter:

Pitt lands some quality recruits

Pat Narduzzi continues to work his magic as a magnificent recruiter for Pitt. We all know the drill by now when head coach Narduzzi logs into his Twitter account and tweets ‘PITT IS IT! H2P’, Pitt just landed a new recruit.

Narduzzi seems to be posting these tweets, known as Pat Signals, out a lot lately. Since Friday, three of them have been tweeted out for everyone to enjoy.

Over the weekend, Pitt had two players verbally commit: Zach Williams, a six-foot-five, 265-pound offensive lineman from Citra (FL) Citra High School, and six-foot-one, 195-pound safety Phil Campbell from Monmouth Junction (NJ) South Brunswick High School; he was originally committed to Rutgers.

Williams is a big and physical offensive lineman, who converted from playing tight end his first three seasons in high school. After many hours in the weight room and changes to his eating habits, Williams made the conversion to the offensive line. However, when Pitt began their recruiting before the season, Williams was nowhere near being on their radar, that soon changed. Three games into Williams’ senior season, line coach John Peterson gave him a call with at least two lineman scholarships left at his discretion. Williams soon visited Pitt coaches and facilities and knew it was a perfect fit for him. According to Williams, his high school running backs averaged five yards a carry with his blocking, and he also did not allow a single sack for the entirety of the season. If Williams can pack on more pounds and get to 300, there is no reason why he cannot be a force for Pitt.

Campbell was a Rutgers commit heading into the weekend, he ended the weekend committed to Pitt. Campbell is coming off a stunning senior season in which he gained recognition as Central Jersey Home News Tribune 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. During the year, he amassed 103 tackles and averaged 10.3 per game. Campbell’s coverage and hitting ability are superb, which will fit well in coach Narduzzi’s defensive scheme. Campbell will more than likely get a good look in camp this summer for Pitt.

Both of those men are enormous recruits for the future of Panther football, but Pitt was not done locking guys up.

On Monday, Narduzzi gave us another Pat Signal. Pitt landed yet another Rutgers recruit, this time, it was enormous offensive lineman Justin Morgan, a six-foot-7, 335 pounder from Brooklyn, New York’s Poly Prep. Morgan is extremely mobile for his size and can even scare the Cathedral of Learning. Hopefully, he will be able to continue to grow as a football player because it looks like he will be a player that could play a huge impact and lay a lot of pancakes for Pitt.

With Narduzzi at the helm of this Pitt team at least until 2022 after his two-year extension, the Panthers can finally sell their stability to opposing teams. As athletic director Scott Barnes said, “Duzzi is in it for the long haul,” it certainly looks like that should hold true for the foreseeable future.

 

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