Friday was a productive day for the Pitt football program as the Panthers hosted a talented athlete on an unofficial visit.
Class of 2023 wide receiver Chris Lawson Jr., made the decision to travel from his hometown of Cornelius, North Carolina and make an unofficial visit to Pitt, one of the schools that showed interest in him early on. Along with Pitt, Lawson (6-foot-1, 165 pounds) holds deals from Florida International, Charlotte, NC State, and South Carolina.
Pat Narduzzi and Pitt have had their eyes on him since he was eighth grade and were the second team to offer him a scholarship in May 2020. Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Lawson Friday night after his day in Pitt and asked him his reason for the long drive to Pittsburgh for the visit.
“Some of the Pitt coaches reached out to me to bring me here and wanted me to come on an unofficial visit,” Lawson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I spoke to my parents and we decided to take the trip because they are definitely one of the best schools on my list. The trip was definitely worth it, I loved it.
“I worked with Marion (wide receiver trainer Brennan) and, to be honest, it went great. We’ve talked about a lot of things and the entire Pitt coaching team is just so knowledgeable and welcoming. I really learned that the Pitt football program has a really good environment. We toured the campus, the general area and the sports facilities such as the locker room, the weight room and the cafeteria – the food there was excellent, by the way. Pitt’s facilities are simply top notch and truly some of the best I’ve seen. They are super nice, up to date, have everything an athlete needs and have the best food in the country. They are also next to an NFL team, which is really a huge advantage. “
The other part of the day that Lawson enjoyed was finally meeting and talking to the Pitt coaches who have been recruiting him for over a year. It was nice to finally give face to the voices he heard on the phone, especially with Marion.
“I think all the coaches on the Pitt team are really real and I can say they really want me there, which is good,” said Lawson. “Coach Marion, that was the first time I met him, a great guy and I can say he would be a great coach. I’ve been with him a lot and he’s someone who is full of energy and wants the best for his players. “
Lawson had a busy summer with previous visits to Wake Forest, North Carolina, along with a few other schools. He will soon be attending a camp and visiting Virginia Tech.