The Pitt football program added an in-state recruit as a preferred walk-on over the weekend, as Luke DelGaudio, a wide receiver out of Dallas High School in Dallas, Pennsylvania, decommitted from Bucknell and joined Pitt’s 2020 class.
The 6’2”, 175-pound pass-catcher has not been assigned a star rating from a major recruiting website. However, he earned first-team all-state honors at the Class 4A level alongside fellow Pitt commit Cameron Guess, a kicker out of Belle Vernon Area High School. He also racked up 713 yards and eight touchdowns on 44 receptions during a senior season in which Dallas reached the state title game.
I have decided to de-commit from Bucknell University. With that being said I have received an offer (PWO) and I’m beyond blessed and excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Pittsburgh !!! Hail to Pitt !! pic.twitter.com/1kfwxx74I5— Luke DelGaudio (@delgaudio_luke) April 19, 2020
”I was very happy with Bucknell, but Pitt had the right stuff,” DelGaudio told Steve Bennett of the Citizens’ Voice. “The weightlifting, the play in the ACC, you are not going to get a better conference than that. Both coaching staffs treated me great. Pitt was excellent.”
DelGaudio, a native of Shavertown, Pennsylvania, visited Pitt last August and caught the attention of the coaching staff. They communicated back and forth after that, but when DelGaudio committed to Bucknell in November and Pitt stopped recruiting him, he began to regret the decision and reached out to Pitt tight ends coach Tim Salem.
”Things took off from there,” DelGaudio said.
DelGaudio is the second high-achieving under-the-radar receiver to commit to Pitt as a preferred walk-on in the last week, as the coaching staff also landed Jake McConnachie, a productive wideout out of Verona High School in Verona, New Jersey, last Monday.