Could Pitt flip another recruit who’s team fired the coach he originally committed to?
Andrew Trainer (6-7, 240) is a tight end from Alexandria, Virginia and is currently committed to Virginia.
However, Virginia fired Mike London, the coach Trainer wanted to play for.
“A lot of people might not realize how difficult a coaching change can be on recruits”, said Trainer. “You buy into the promises of one coach, and then if a new coach is hired you have no idea what he is about and what his plans for you in the future.”
Trainer is a 3 sport star from Virginia (baseball, basketball, football). Being 6-7, I asked him to describe himself as player.
“I like to say that I’m a complete tight end, meaning I can catch and block. I’m 6’7 and around 240 pounds so I can be a threat in the passing game and I can be a good blocker when it’s a run play”, said Trainer.
Trainer tells me that he’s been talking with Pitt RB coach Andre Powell (area recruiter) and Pitt TE coach Tim Salem.
So what’s the conversation been like?
“Their pitch to me is that Pitt plays a system that uses tight ends a lot”, said Trainer. “They’re committed to using the tight end. On top of that, their facilities are amazing and they have a great school atmosphere.”
I’m sure Pitt is also telling Trainer that tight end is a need position for them. JP Holtz is graduating this year and incoming transfer Chris Clark will likely have to sit out 2016.
“I really like the Pitt coaching staff. All of them seem very passionate about their jobs and they do whatever it takes to make sure their players succeed on and off the field.”
Is Pitt an option for Trainer?
“I haven’t planned any official visits yet. That will be something my family and I will have to decide on soon . If I do take any officials, yes I believe Pitt will be one of them”, said Trainer.
Despite being from Virginia, Trainer has ties to the Pittburgh region. His parents grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio and his grandparents and other relatives still live their. He tells me that he visits the area a lot. Trainer also told me one other interesting note.
“I grew up a Steeler fan so I’ve been to many games at Heinz Field.”
Time will tell if Trainer ends up playing his college football at Heinz Field.