New Castle (PA) Neshannock tight end Tyler Sear (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) committed to Pitt many months ago. Since then, he’s been very active on social media supporting Pitt athletics and trying to recruit others to the 2017 class. Although he knew a fair amount of about the University of Pittsburgh heading into his official visit this weekend, he had yet to spend a lot of time with his future teammates. The results were more than positive.
“I arrived on Friday around 11:30AM for the official visit,” said Sear. “Me, Paris (Ford), Cam (Bright) and Todd (Sibley) were the first people there. We were hanging out watching Steelers practice and Coach Duzz asked us if we wanted to go down onto the field and possibly meet some players. We told him we would love to and we got to hand out with players, watch practice and meet Mike Tomlin.”
“We had the tours of the facilities, went through the Cathedral of Learning, had academic tours, the basketball game and had a lot of great dinners and nice restaurants,” he said. “The official visit was packed from beginning to end.”
Sear indicated that the favorite part of the trip was the rapport he built with his future teammates and a number of the uncommitted players that visited.
“I knew all the committed guys. We all communicate and follow each other on twitter. We instantly hit it off. Actually, all twelve of us really hit it off and had a great time.”
“Myself, Paris and Todd were talking to everyone. I feel pretty strongly that Jason Pinnock might be coming to Pitt. TyJuan (Garbutt) hung around us all weekend got along with us really well and seemed seriously interested (in Pitt) by the end of the visit. I think we have a great chance with Nathan (Proctor) but he still seemed high on Virginia Tech as well.”
Sear was surprised by one of his future teammates. “Albert Tucker is quiet but he’s a lot bigger than I thought he was. He’s a big dude,” he said. “He’s not just tall, he’s really solid.”
“I feel that Pitt will at least get one or two of the guys that visited this weekend. Our class with finish strong,” he said. “Coach Salem told me to come down after I graduate and start lifting with the team, come to all the practices and get a head start. He really thinks I will be able to see the field as a freshman if I keep working hard and grinding.”
Harry G. Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru
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