Say what you want about Pat Narduzzi’s recruiting, but the man has a knack for flipping recruits. I haven’t kept count but it seems like he flips at least two a year, which feels like more than any coach since I’ve been following Pitt Football (dating myself here, but that would be 1997).
Well folks, he’s flipped another one, at least in my book. Rivals Three-Star Recruit Will Gipson had committed to Ball State until earlier this month, when he re-opened his recruitment.
Notably, Gipson did have one other P5 offer, which was from Rutgers. Howard, Ball State, Toledo and Miami (OH) round out his offer sheet.
Sounds like Pat helped Gipson, who is from nearby Aliquippa, get a firm handle on the benefits of staying home.
“Honestly, I felt like this was the best choice for me,” Gipson said. “I didn’t want to go too far from home.
“Coach Narduzzi was the one there that really recruited me,” said Gipson. “I know a lot of the players there.”
The word on the street is the Gipson has good speed, running a 4.5 forty and is a playmaker for the Quips. He did catch 51 balls for nearly 1500 yards and 20 TD’s his senior year, so he can clearly break the game at the Triple A level in Pennsylvania.
I haven’t had a chance to watch Gipson’s film yet, and I can’t stream it as I am on a plane right now, but I’ll add some analysis on that later.
We’ve had two other successful WR’s that were former WPIAL players: Downfield blocker extraordinaire Aaron Mathews and of course Tyler Boyd. If Gipson lands somewhere between those two, that would be a solid addition to our team. Welcome to the Panthers Will!