Pitt Gets Former Penn State Player

Panthers land former Nittany Lions safety John Petrishen

Jeff Hathhorn
August 21, 2019 - 11:19 am

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced before practice started on Wednesday that he had an addition to the roster, but not any player, a former Nittany Lion.

Former Central Catholic star safety John Petrishen comes from Penn State, where he graduated after four years and will still have two years of eligibility at Pitt.

“He is eligible immediately, but he has a ways to go knowledge wise,” Narduzzi said.

Petrishen played in 16 games at Penn State, primarily on special teams and had two seasons where he redshirted.  At Central Catholic, the 6-foot safety was a three-year letterman and team captain and named first team All-State.

Narduzzi said Petrishen must go a couple of days without gear and pass a physical and he’s not sure exactly where he will play until he goes through a full practice.

Narduzzi recruited the now 23-year-old out of his school, but he decided to go to University Park.

“You don’t forget home visits,” Narduzzi said.  “I asked him how his dad’s car business is going and he said ‘I didn’t know you would remember that’, but those things never end.  You know these kids whether you’re playing against them or they are playing for you.”

Narduzzi said they have enough videotape on Penn State that he doesn’t need to ask him for inside information. 

It’s a crowded secondary this year, especially at safety as the Pitt head coach will figure out where Petrishen fits.

“He’s a football player, I don’t want to categorize him as anything,” Narduzzi said.  “He’s a football player.  He’s a guy that we offered out of high school, we didn’t get him, but in the end we got him back.  Hopefully he can have a great career in his last two years.”

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