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Pardner getting a Big East look

Defensive back Jahmahl Pardner of Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute has remained rather quiet since his season began, but now with interest once again mounting, recruiting has again become more of a priority. Joining the chase for Pardner is a Big East program, which has definitely peaked his interest.
"Recruiting is going well," said Pardner. "No new offers, but I'm talking to Pitt. They're just letting me know that they're interested. They want to see me in person and get some new highlights."
Just as Pittsburgh has recently begun to show Pardner more interest, the New York defensive back is returning the favor.
"They are a program that will be really good for a long time and Coach Graham will make Pitt one of the top programs in the country," said Pardner, who is 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds.
Currently with offers from Temple, Buffalo, Bowling Green, Akron, Massachusetts, Old Dominion and Albany, Pardner has taken two visits this fall and has a third planned.
"I went to Buffalo and Temple for unofficial visits and I'm going to Pitt on the 15th of this month," said Pardner. "The visits went really well. It's going to be tough to pick a school."
Pardner has no set plans for official visits and does not have a timeline for a final decision.
This season, he has helped his team to a 5-0 start while playing cornerback, wide receiver and returning kicks.
"I'm doing well," said Pardner. "No catches on me yet and I have seven touchdowns. I have five receiving touchdowns and two on punt returns."
Pardner, who is receiving all of his recruiting interest for his defensive back skills, has noticed a marked improvement in certain parts of his game.
"The thing I improved on the most is my leadership skills," said Pardner. "I learned how to help prepare my team during the week."
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