Pitt staff impresses at McKeesport

The new Pittsburgh coaching staff showed up in full force to McKeesport high school on Friday night with two of their biggest targets squarely in their sites.

McKeesport (Pa.) four-star defensive tackle Delvon Simmons and four-star defensive end/outside linebacker Branden Jackson were treated to a defensive show of force by the new Pittsburgh staff on Friday. Jackson was competing in a basketball game and Simmons sat in the stands talking with the coaches.

Co-Defensive Coordinators Paul Randolph and Keith Patterson, along with defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Gibson all attended the Tigers home game this evening and head coach Jimmy Ward said he and his players were impressed.

"I just left and they were speaking with Branden," Ward said. "Delvon seemed to really like them, especially the defensive line coach Paul Randolph. Both of them will go to Pitt on Monday and listen with an open mind. I don't know if I'd say their in the top two or three per say, but they're in the mix. We have to see how they get along with Coach (Todd) Graham."

Ward informed us that North Carolina coaches were to attend the game but they didn't. Jackson is to decide on Monday between the Tar Heels and Colorado for his fifth and final visit.

Ward is pretty impressed with the new regime at Pittsburgh.

"I liked the guys who were there before, but it's night and day difference now," explained Ward. "They are relentless and they work harder than most. I have spoken to them a number of times, but to speak with the head coach (Todd Graham) four hours after he was hired is what really impressed me. It showed me that my kids are important to him and he wanted to come in and establish a relationship right away in the area."

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