Pitt Panthers: Pat Narduzzi Lands First Recruit For 2017


The Pitt Panthers received a commitment this past weekend, making it the first for the 2017 class.

Exree Loe, a three star but rising prospect out of Greater Johnstown, made his declaration this past weekend and made it clear why he chose the Panthers.

Loe had this to say to Eric Knopsnyder at tribdem.com
“The coaching staff, the facilities are impressive, and I have family that lives out there..”

The upgraded facilities that the university designed (paid for by donors and esteemed boosters) is paying off just a few weeks after being unveiled, which was the overall mission of the project. (virtual tour of facility)

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At this point, the Pitt Panthers are the only team to have offered the junior, but Loe has also drawn interest from other schools such as West Virginia, Virginia, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and Cincinnati.

The extra exposure he gained from joining an AAU team has worked wonders for Exree who is actively campaigning other 2017 recruits, namely the No. 4 safety in the country in Seton La Salle’s Paris Ford, to make the same decision he ultimately made to commit to Pitt, and early.

Head coach Pat Narduzzi challenged Loe before he committed to be the pioneer for 2017 and going forward, to be the one who sets the tone and provides the class with a voice, and to be the one who embraces the challenge in doing so.

Later that evening Exree responded, made a verbal commitment and embraced the challenge set forth by Narduzzi.

Despite the commitment, Pitt will still have work to do in retaining that verbal until February of 2017. Loe has a visit lined up with in-state rival Penn State and potentially more to come with the continued development of Loe as a corner.

Listed as a three-star prospect as of now, the ability to advance beyond that star rating should grow if he plays his cards right in his junior and senior seasons in Johnstown.

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