Ohio QB Checks Out Pitt Junior Day

Of the 35 prospects Pitt brought in for its junior day, Joey Duckworth was one of three quarterbacks in attendance.

Joey Duckworth is a 6-3, 195-pound quarterback out of Lancaster, Ohio. He currently has offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State and Toledo. All this interest despite having his junior season cut short because of a knee injury, just five games in.

In those five games, Duckworth threw for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns, with a 59% completion percentage.

Pittsburgh, Illinois and Indiana are just a few schools that Duckworth hears from regularly. Saturday, he took the short trip to Pittsburgh for junior day.

"I thought it was a very good junior day," Duckworth said. "I liked all the coaches, they're all positive. I enjoyed it. I had a good time, and went to see the basketball game against Syracuse."

Upon entering the Petersen Events Center, Duckworth and the other recruits were given a standing ovation by the Pitt fans.

"That was pretty awesome," Duckworth said. "I wasn't expecting that. That w the best part of it."

The prospects had a morning session with the coaching staff. That consisted of watching some highlights from the 2012 season, getting an academic presentation, then breaking off and meeting with the position coaches.

"First, Paul Chryst came and talked to us for a little bit," Duckworth said. "He didn't stay for the game. he was going to the Super Bowl because his brother (Geep Chryst) coaches for the 49ers.

We went off and met with (quarterbacks coach) Brooks Bollinger. He talked about what they expect from us, things like that. Then, we went and talked with the other coaches. They're all pretty nice."

Duckworth added that Bollinger has been his chief recruiter, and has built a pretty good relationship with him so far."

"Coach Bollinger, I definitely like him," Duckworth said.

He also knows that Chandler Kincade is committed to Pitt for 2014, and has been committed to the Panthers for over a year. While he doesn't hold an offer, it hasn't turned him off of Pitt.

"They haven't offered yet, but they seem like they're very interested," Duckworth said. "I would definitely say it was positive. They told me not to hesitate, to keep coming back. I definitely will be back sometime. I might come back for camp. I might go back for spring practice. I don't have anything else set in stone.

"I went to Illinois last Saturday, then this last week, I threw for Indiana when they came to my school. That was really positive. I'm very impressed with them too. I'm going up there for spring practice. My most recent offer was Kent State."

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