Pardner Reports On Pitt Visit

Jahmahl Pardner helped Aquinas Institute (NY) to a state championship as a junior, and as a state runner-up as a senior. He was in Pittsburgh this past weekend for his official visit.

Already being committed to the Panthers, there wasn't a whole lot that safety Jahmahl Pardner needed to see from Pittsburgh. Simply put, his official visit was a success.

"I love the university, and the best thing about it, is the recruiting class coming in, we're all really cool guys," Pardner said. "Nobody is about themselves."

Andrew Taglianetti was his host, and he also had a chance to spend some time with Jarred Holley as well. Both players will be fifth-year seniors for Pardner's freshman year. He said it helped having a couple players at his position mentor him over the weekend.

"They were telling me to just make sure Pitt was somewhere I liked, and I liked the place," Pardner said. "They feel I fit in their system, and they wanted to make sure the decision I was making was for me.

"I think my favorite part of the visit is the brotherhood the team had. Everybody is close to each other. I feel very comfortable there."

Of all the recruits there, Pardner said he spent the most time with five-star running back Rushel Shell.

"I met him before, but this was the first time I got to hang out with him," Pardner said of Shell. "He's a cool kid. I'm looking forward to playing with him. This weekend was the first time we really met each other. I saw him before, but I really didn't know who he was."

Of his campus tour, Pardner said there was one part that stood out.

"It was definitely the Cathedral of Learning," Pardner said. "When you take the walking tour, you really see how big it is. You have to take a step back. It was a really nice building."

Aside from the campus tour, the coaching staff was another thing that stood out to him.

"The coaches, they're really nice people," Pardner said. "They definitely seem like they have all the things to look for. They seem like straight forward people. That's what I want to hear. It helped me with my decision. The coaches seem like they really care."

As a senior at Aquinas Institute, Pardner scored 13 touchdowns on offense. He finished the season with 40 tackles and five interceptions on defense.

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