Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi tweeted somewhat cryptically about Wendy’s french fries over the weekend, and taken at face value, one might assume that the coach had a genuine affinity for the fries that he could no longer keep to himself. However, as it turns out, the tweet was no more a coincidence than the photo Narduzzi posted of Devonshire Street in Oakland back in January.
The online shoutout stemmed from Narduzzi’s efforts to recruit Dayon Hayes, a standout defensive end at Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh who also happens to work at Wendy’s, according to Mike Vukovcan of Pittsburgh Sports Now. The tweet apparently came shortly after Narduzzi and Hayes spoke.
”We talked until I clocked in at work,” Hayes said. “ [And] my reaction [to the tweet] was, ‘That’s hilarious that coach did that.’ When I saw it, I just busted out laughing because it was funny and unexpected. They are recruiting me the hardest, definitely.”
The 6'3", 250-pound defensive end amassed 26 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season, and his stamp of approval is a huge positive for Pitt, as his recruitment has blown up over the past few months. As a result, Hayes currently holds 26 offers, 15 of which come from Power Five schools, and Pitt will face significant competition to secure his services.