David Williams, a junior-to-be at West Philadelphia Catholic High School, visited Pitt last week, and gave some details how the visit played out.
"It went well," Williams said. "Coach Norvell wanted me to come out to visit because I missed Pitt Day, so I went out with my coach and some other guys on the team who have the potential to play D-1 ball. I spent a lot of time with Coach McGee, Coach Norvell and Coach Graham. I basically got a tour of everything. It was my first time seeing the campus, and I liked it."
Williams won't be signing a letter of intent for quite a while yet, but so far he's been very impressed with Pitt.
"They're actually up top - one of the up-top schools (for me)," Williams said of the Panthers.
Williams said he got a breakdown of the Panther ground attack philosophy from Norvell during his visit, noting, "We run a pro-style system (at West). Coach told me Pitt's ground game is also a pro-style, but everybody is spread out (formation-wise). I love their facility, and it's close to home."
The top returning rusher from the Burrs' PIAA AA championship team last season, Williams ran for 924 yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 carries, averaging 9.2 yards per carry. He saved his best game for the biggest stage - a 181-yard, two-touchdown performance in the PIAA AA championship game on just 14 carries, which the Burrs won going away, 50-14. On his first carry of the state final, Williams showed his home run potential, breaking an 80-yard touchdown run.
He'll move from the third option to the feature back, and appears poised for a breakout season with the return of three starting offensive linemen. A breakout season would likely lead to an expanding list of suitors in Williams' recruitment, but he said he won't forget about the Panthers, no matter how many schools vie for his services at the next level.
"I will always consider Pitt," Williams said.
He plans to make another trip to the Steel City - to take in a Pitt game. He has a potential date picked out.
"I'm trying to make the Notre Dame game," Williams said. "I wish they had the West Virginia game at Pitt this year. The Notre Dame game is probably their biggest home game and a game I want to see besides Pitt/WVU."