PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pat Narduzzi and Pittsburgh picked up a huge commitment Friday morning when Paris Ford, 2017 4-star safety from Seton LaSalle High School, announced his decision to stay at home and commit to the Panthers.
Ford put his announcement on Twitter, and he’s obviously very proud of the fact that he’s going to be representing his town at the college football level. One of the hashtags he used stated “my city my team”, while the other payed homage to Pittsburgh’s 412 area code:
— Paris Ford1⃣ (@DiddyBop1_) October 16, 2015
And while Ford is undoubtedly celebrating his home town today, perhaps the bigger celebration is likely coming from Narduzzi and his staff. The fact that they were able to get Ford to stay home can’t be undersold in importance, especially considering both the safety’s national ranking as well as his offer list. There were some big-time schools after Ford’s commitment.
His offer list features 18 schools, and that includes notable programs such as Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others.
With so many top-flight football schools to choose from, the fact that he wanted to stay at home really says a lot about the job Narduzzi is doing at Pitt.
He currently has the Panthers at 4-1 on the season and first in the ACC Coastal. Though not Michigan State, Narduzzi’s defense looks very MSU-esque; so it’s easy to see why Ford decided to take a chance on the Panthers. Narduzzi has Pitt playing aggressive and phyiscal on defense, which are two traits that most defenders love.
Ford is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and runs a 4.53 40, per his HUDL account.