There are a few newsworthy bits to talk about as we head into the Memorial Day weekend, so here we go.
First and foremost, there was a Pitt celebrity golf outing recently and some loyal POV fans were in attendance.
Here are some pics that were sent to me by reader John Fredland (Major Majors). By all accounts a good time was had by all. (Looks like Capel drinks only soda???)
Second, there has been some very good discussion around coaching, history, etc as a response to the “Paul Hackett” article I posted last week. As a follow up, Reed sent me an interesting historical link that talks about how much Pitt spent in the 70’s and 80’s to buy out coaches. Be careful what you wish for, those few of you who still think we should dump Narduzzi; those who forget history and doomed to repeat it. (Now if he goes 5-7 this year let the games begin…)
Also, you’ve probably heard by now that Pitt landed grad-transfer Linebacker Kylan Johnson. At best, he’ll step into a starting role and make an impact. At worst, he’ll add depth for a year before going on with his life’s work. Here is an article from 2015, when he committed to the Gators. Wildcat quarterback, eh? I guess SEC coaches will tell three-stars anything.
Adding to its recent recruiting haul on Monday, the Florida Gators picked up a commitment from three-star athlete/safety Kylan Johnson (Dallas, TX).
Johnson (6-foot-3, 210 pounds), who committed to Kansas State just three days ago, received an offer from Florida on Friday morning and took an official visit to see the Gators over the weekend, according to 247Sports‘ Ryan Bartow, who first reported Johnson’s latest decision.
“I felt Florida was way better than Kansas State,” Johnson told Bartow. “They are giving me the opportunity to show I can play. I’m going to play safety for Florida but also may return kicks and play some wildcat quarterback.”
Listed as the 88th best safety nationally, Johnson was recruited by Gators linebackers coach Randy Shannon, who has already made an impact on the recruiting trail for Florida. Where Johnson will shine for UF is as a multi-purpose athlete who will eventually be placed in an appropriate role by head coach Jim McElwain and the staff.
Johnson also claimed offers from Arkansas, Wisconsin and UCLA.
For what it’s worth, there is one highlight clip of Johnson floating around on the Twitter.
Can Chase Pine do this?
Finally, Pittsburgh Sports Now posted a lengthy opinion piece on WPIAL kids not picking Pitt, because a WPIAL kid did not pick Pitt. Discuss.
Hail to Pitt