Pitt OL Recruit Dick Grew Up Penguins Fan

Toronto native one of two early enrollees for Panthers

Josh Rowntree
February 06, 2019 - 9:57 pm
Pittsburgh Panthers helmets on the sidelines against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 52-22.

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Liam Dick is 6-foot-7, 300-plus pounds. A perfectly sized offensive lineman. Pat Narduzzi hopes that he will, in time, be one of the anchors in a Pitt offense that has churned out numerous offensive line talent. 

But Dick’s story is a bit different than that of a normal Division I offensive lineman. 

Dick, from Toronto, did not play football until his sophomore year of high school at Clarkson Football North. He did, however, grow up playing hockey, something that may have influenced his choice of college slightly. 

“I actually grew up a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, a huge Sidney Crosby fan,” said Dick, who met with the media for the first time during Pitt’s signing day festivities Wednesday. 

“I always had a connection with Pittsburgh. It’s close to home, just five hours away from Toronto. My family can come watch me play and I just felt a connection with the coaches and the guys here. There’s something really special happening here and I just wanted to be a part of it.”

Despite his fandom of the Penguins, he is, however, open to admitting that his hometown team has his heart, as well.

“I still am a Leafs fan, but I have to support Sid the Kid,” he said.

Dick is an early enrollee, one of just two in this recruiting class. The other is his roommate, Davis Beville, who is Pitt’s highest-regarded prospect. 

Worlds are colliding for the two freshmen, as Beville, a four-star prospect according to some services, is a native of South Carolina. 

“The first couple of weeks here, he was freezing,” Dick joked of Beville. “I had to give him a couple of my jackets.”

“We definitely come from different places,” Beville said. “Sometimes I’m freezing and he’s out there in a light coat. So it’s different. But he’s been great. We’ve gotten to know each other very well and I’m looking forward to spending the next couple of years with him.”

Dick is part of a growing football recruiting base in Canada, which has had prep schools popping up throughout Ontario over the last decade. He is now, just a month after being in high school, adjusting to life as a college student.

“It’s gone really smooth and great,” Dick said. “The coaches have really helped the transition, coming from a different country. They’re checking up on me, making sure everything’s okay. My teammates, they’re inviting me out for dinner, so I’m moving in pretty well.”

Versatility could be a benefit to Dick, as well.

“Honestly, I’ll play anywhere,” he said. “I like playing tackle, but if coach needs me to, I’ll play guard, center even. I’ll play tight end. Heck, I’ll play wide receiver even. Whatever helps the team out.”

Center is a position that Dick knows well, just not on the football field.

“Believe it or not, I actually played center (in hockey),” he said. “It was kind of between hockey and football, but obviously football won out.”

When Dick was informed of the currently tumultuous state of the Penguins’ center position behind Sidney Crosby, he seemed willing to help out. 

“I’m open to it,” he joked. “I’m right here, they know my number.”

Hear all of what Pitt OL Liam Dick had to say below.