PITT IS IT!! #L1TS8URGH #H2P— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) August 1, 2017
The Pitt football program received some good news this afternoon, as Cameron O’Neil committed to the Panthers. Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune Review was the first to be able to verify that O’Neil was the commit following Pat Narduzzi’s “Pat Signal.” O’Neil is a 6’3” 190 pound wide receiver from Phenix City, Alabama. He chose Pitt over additional offers from Virginia, Illinois, and Wisconsin, along with a slew of mid-major offers.
O’Neil plays for Glenwood High School, and helped lead his team to an 8-4 record in 2016 and a trip to the AISA class AAA state semifinals. This marks the second straight recruiting class that Pitt has landed a player from Alabama, as he joins linebacker Cameron Bright from Montgomery in the class of 2017. Here is a better look at O’Neil on the gridiron.
In an article for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in May, Glenwood High School head football coach, Jason Gibson, praised his star wide receiver, and gave a description of his play,
“He’s the best player on the field,” Gibson said. “He can run, he catches the ball better than anybody in this area, he’s physical and he can block. He’s the prototypical Division I football player. He’s what you’re looking for.”
O’Neil will likely be the only wide receiver in the class of 2018. Pitt has added three receivers in each of the past two recruiting classes, and this class is not expected to be very big, thus wide receiver is not a high priority.
Cameron O’Neil is the 12th player to join this class of 2018. Pitt won’t be taking many more, some are expecting a class size of about 16-18, and the numbers suggest that’s probably the case. This may not be the last recruiting news before the season. Brian Asamoah, a highly touted linebacker from Ohio, announced he will be making his college choice this week, and many feel he is between Pitt and Oklahoma.