Pittsburgh is strong with Florida TE

The University of Pittsburgh hosted 10 players over the weekend for official visits, among them were four impact players from Florida. Of course the area had to be besieged by its first winter storm of the season, did it deter the Florida boys?

Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central tight end Tommy Duhart (6-3, 251, 5.1) took an official visit to Pittsburgh over the weekend (12/17).

"I had a great visit to Pittsburgh," Duhart said. "We went to Dave and Buster's and played all kinds of games."

As is the case with most Florida prospects that journey north during the winter, Duhart got his first glimpse of snow.

"That was wild, it was my first time seeing snow," Duhart said. "Before we left we had a big old snowball fight."

I would assume that being from Florida, you sought the opinion of other Florida players and how they have adjusted to Pittsburgh? "I did, and they were all straight with me," Duhart said. "They put my mind at ease, and now I know it won't be a big deal for me to leave home."

Did the visit to Pittsburgh increase the Panthers chances of landing the jumbo Florida athlete?

"My interest in them definitely went up after the visit," Duhart said. "It went better than I thought it would."

January will be a busy month for Duhart as he has three visits scheduled. Duhart will visit South Florida (1/7), Florida (1/21), and Rutgers (1/29).

"I plan on taking all of my visits, and announcing closer to signing day," Duhart said.

Glades Central finished the season with a (12-1) record. Duhart caught 5 passes for 124 yards.

"We play a lot of four-five wide receiver formations, I don't get a lot of passes thrown to me," Duhart said. "I play a lot of defense, I punt, and I kickoff."

Duhart registered 58 tackles, 11 for a loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and one blocked punt, from his defensive end position.

Duhart was recently named first-team All-County (Palm Beach) by the Palm Beach post, he was also chosen to play in the Outback Steakhouse Bowl.

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