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Derrick Davis: ‘I At all times Had Pitt within the Again of My Thoughts’

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Pitt continues so as to add excessive degree expertise by way of the switch portal as former four-star and Prime 100 recruit Derrick Davis from introduced his dedication to the Panthers.

The previous Gateway Excessive College star and LSU security turned the third former four-star WPIAL recruit that has signed with Pitt this offseason, becoming a member of former Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec and Peters Township security Donovan McMillon. Pitt has additionally introduced in former Penn State quarterback Christian Veilleux, who’s a extremely expert participant with an incredible future.

Davis returns residence to Western Pennsylvania after enjoying for 2 seasons with the LSU Tigers and after deciding to depart Baton Rouge, he knew from the beginning that he wasn’t going to move up the chance once more to play for his hometown crew.

Pittsburgh Sports activities Now spoke with Davis on Tuesday, instantly after he made his resolution public and talked about his resolution, together with what Pat Narduzzi’s plan is for him when it comes to place.

“At this time is a giant day for myself and my announcement that I’m committing to Pitt,” Davis mentioned. “I truly dedicated a few days in the past underneath the radar however right this moment was the day that I needed to announce it. It’s only a blessing. I’m actually glad that Coach Narduzzi was capable of convey me in and I’m glad that I’m part of Pitt soccer now.”

“After I made a decision to switch, I’ve all the time had Pitt at the back of my thoughts truthfully. I believed that it could be a very cool thought if I had been to come back again residence to play. Actually, it was the perfect resolution that I might make not just for me however for my household, in order that I might have that assist system with me. I reached out to Coach Narduzzi first and the remainder of the workers members and from the beginning, they welcomed me in with open arms. I’m blessed.”

The trio of Davis, McMillon and Jurkovec will be part of a giant group of WPIAL gamers which can be already on the Pitt roster. The truth that all of those former native stars now on the identical roster right here at Pitt excites Davis and he can’t await his first recreation at Acrisure Stadium in September.

“It means rather a lot truthfully,” mentioned Davis. “All these guys from the WPIAL will proceed to make Pitt robust. Quite a lot of these children like myself determined to depart Pittsburgh and for all of us to have the possibility to return residence and play for Pitt is fairly particular and I can’t wait to see how this yr seems. I actually really feel prefer it’s going to be an amazing yr.”

Throughout his time at LSU, Davis was used on each side of the ball, which was additionally the case again in highschool. Popping out of highschool, packages had been break up on his future place and whether or not it was at security, linebacker or working again. Davis has already had that dialog with Narduzzi and the teaching workers at Pitt.

“They envision me on the offensive aspect of the ball and taking the place of Izzy. We’re going to do rather well on the offensive aspect and though I might place protection, Coach Narduzzi is de facto severe about me on offense.”

Pitt can be trying to exchange All-American working again Izzy Abanikanda however having expertise similar to Davis and Rodney Hammond is a fairly good begin, as they may grow to be one of many high working again duos within the nation.

“I imagine so and imagine we’re (Rodney Hammond) going to click on rather well. I’m actually excited. Prepare.”



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HPD releases “Acura ARX-06 The Origin Story” Documentary

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HPD launched a 48-minute documentary offering an inside view into the event of the Acura ARX-06 prototype racing automobile debuting this weekend on the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport will marketing campaign the brand new automobile within the GTP class of the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. 

On Sunday, January 22, 2023 Tom Blomqvist certified on the pole for the GTP class within the Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06 for the endurance racing basic.

The movie highlights the preliminary ideas and objectives for the ARX-06, in addition to design, improvement and testing.  The origin story locations the ARX-06 within the line of Acura sports activities automobiles courting again to the unique Acura ARX-01 of 2007.  Styling, aerodynamics, energy unit, integration and simulation methods, challenges and triumphs are highlighted within the movie by means of the eyes of the hard-working women and men chargeable for the creation of the Acura ARX-06. 

Acura’s latest prototype racing automobile follows within the footsteps of the ARX-05, which received the previous two Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona races total and three of the previous 4 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship producers’ titles.  The ARX-06 debuts with the inception of the brand new GTP class in IMSA, which is the preeminent North American sports activities automobile racing championship.



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2024 3-Star OL Anthony Crawford ‘Ready Patiently’ For Pitt Supply After Junior Day Go to

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Anthony Crawford hasn’t obtained a suggestion from Pitt, however throughout his most up-to-date go to to Pittsburgh, the teaching workers made him really feel like he was already a part of the household.

Crawford, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound three-star offensive lineman from Union Metropolis Excessive in Union Metropolis, New Jersey, made a visit to Pittsburgh for the Junior Day festivities, and he was in a position to spend extra time with the teaching workers than ever earlier than.

“We went to the basketball recreation, we had a gathering with (offensive line coach Dave Borbely) and I like how he coaches,” Crawford instructed PSN. “He worries in regards to the little stuff, and he makes certain his linemen get the fundamentals down earlier than shifting on to the exhausting issues. So, I like the best way he coaches.”

However whereas Crawford was in a position to spend a while with Borbely, he spent most of his time with tight ends coach Tim Salem.

In talking with Salem, he was handled with nothing however respect — like he was already dedicated to the Pitt household. It’s a sense that actually wasn’t misplaced upon Crawford.

Salem mentioned that he likes what he’s seen from Crawford’s tape, however he actually has room to proceed to develop going ahead. It’s one other message that he took to coronary heart, strengthening his resolve going ahead.

Massachusetts and Ole Miss have already supplied Crawford, and whereas Pitt hasn’t prolonged a suggestion but, he’s eager for the way forward for the connection.

“I’m ready patiently,” Crawford mentioned. “If (Pitt) supplied me, that will be one of many high colleges on my record positively, I’d actually be wanting ahead to that college. I actually prefer it there.”

However whereas Crawford has seen how he’d match within the soccer side, as a giant, mauling offensive sort out who helped Union Metropolis to a 9-2 report in 2022, he could also be much more impressed by the best way the teaching workers treats its gamers as individuals.

“They care about you off the sphere greater than being a soccer participant,” Crawford mentioned. “They care about how your grades are, what you do moreover soccer, if you happen to go to church and stuff like that. They care about you getting your diploma.

“Even if you happen to don’t end all 4 years of faculty, and also you go to the league, he nonetheless needs you to get your diploma, he’s nonetheless going to be on high of you in your diploma though you don’t play for him anymore.”

Crawford realized loads throughout his go to to Pittsburgh Saturday, however after his time with the teaching workers, he seems like he’ll have the ability to be taught much more.

He’s planning on studying extra about Pitt, Syracuse and Rutgers, with visits deliberate for Syracuse and Pitt within the spring.

247Sports hasn’t rated Crawford but, however On3 charges him because the 775th-ranked recruit within the class (51st-ranked offensive sort out and Twenty third-ranked recruit from New Jersey) and Rivals charges him because the Twenty fifth-ranked recruit from New Jersey.



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Jeff Capel Named Coach of the Week by ESPN

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Pitt males’s basketball and head coach Jeff Capel had fairly the week to deliver January to a detailed. 

The Panthers secured two essential victories to their NCAA event hopes and broke away from a five-way tie for third place in ACC play. Pitt defeated Wake Forest and No. 20 Miami, each at house, to maneuver into sole possession of third place. 

Pitt is knocking on the door of the AP Prime 25, receiving 9 votes in Monday’s newest replace.

The workforce held off a surging Wake Forest workforce that outscored the Panthers 40-32 within the second half to win by two within the last seconds. The Miami win was much more spectacular. In entrance of a sold-out crowd of 12,508 contained in the Petersen Occasions Heart. Pitt erased an 86-60 deficit within the last two and a half minutes to shut on an 11-0 run in a recreation you needed to be there to consider. 

For his efforts in guiding this system to a 2-0 stretch, Capel was named by ESPN Employees Author Jeff Borzello as NCAA Coach of the Week

“Just a few months in the past, it appeared like Capel’s days at Pitt could be numbered. He was on the teaching scorching seat on the finish of final season – his fourth consecutive marketing campaign ending under .500. Pitt was picked 14th within the 2022-23 preseason ACC ballot in October, after which began the season with three losses in 4 video games. Quick-forward 2 ½ months, and the Panthers are 15-7 general, 8-3 within the ACC and third within the convention standings. They’re coming off arguably their most essential week of the season, too, beating fellow ACC bubble workforce Wake Forest on Wednesday, then gorgeous Miami with a game-ending 11-0 run to win by three within the last minute. In accordance with ESPN’s win likelihood, Pitt had a 4.9% probability to come back out with a victory when Miami led by eight with 2:05 left. The Panthers now personal wins over Virginia, Miami, North Carolina, NC State and Northwestern.” – Jeff Borzello, ESPN Employees Author

Capel has powered this system again to nationwide relevance and is held in excessive regard by former Pitt head coach Ben Howland, who was available Saturday because the Panthers honored the twentieth anniversary of the 2003 Massive East Championship workforce.  

“They’re very effectively coached,” Howland stated. “Coach is doing an excellent job when it comes to getting them to all mesh collectively. Nice schemes each offensively and defensively.”

Jamarius Burton pressured a turnover by Miami guard Isaiah Wong, stealing the ball and driving to the basket because the Panthers took a one-point lead. Blake Hinson tipped in Burton’s missed layup to go forward 69-68 with 26 seconds left. Burton recorded one other steal throughout Miami’s subsequent possession, however Greg Elliott stepped on the baseline whereas not in a position to run to provide the Hurricanes one other alternative. Elliott made up for it on the following inbound, stole the ball again, and related on two free throws to seal the three-point win. 

“You’ve simply gotta maintain preventing,” Capel stated after the Miami win. “In the event that they hit a troublesome shot, don’t drop your head and no matter, simply come again. There’s one other battle that can most likely occur throughout the subsequent 30 seconds, and we’ve got to win that one. If you happen to carry the earlier one over, then it’s going to have an effect on you. We should be current on a regular basis, each play.”

Pitt faces North Carolina (15-6, 7-3 ACC) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill. The Panthers defeated UNC on the Pete earlier this season 76-74 on Dec. 30.



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