Tornado Hits Pitt as Kradel Commits to Panthers

Yesterday Pat Narduzzi and his staff got a big commitment for their 2018 recruiting class as 3-star lineman Jake Kradel announced he will stay local and play for his hometown team.  The Butler Golden Tornado, who held offers from Ohio State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Iowa and over 20 other schools, called staying home a “no brainer” and “a blessing come true.”

“Being able to perform in front of all my family and friends and put on for the city, it’s just something I’ve always dreamed of,” Kradel said. “I’ve always been a Pitt fan and had season tickets, you know, going down there on Saturdays like, ‘man, one day I want this to be me,’ and it’s a reality now, it’s finally here. I got the opportunity and I seized the moment.”

Kradel, who is 6 ft 4 in and 285 lbs, committed while on a visit to the school and says his time on campus is what sealed the deal.

“I kind of had the vibe I might commit,” Kradel said. “Then seeing the campus and seeing everything about it and sitting down with the academic [advisor], the guy who runs the whole ordeal, I loved what they had to say. Then Coach Narduzzi, he sold it all.”