Getting your first Division-1 offer is a big deal and something athletes will always remember. Yesterday, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. wide receiver Joshua Ali did just that and the offer was from Pitt.
Ali (6-0, 180) is a talented wideout from South Florida and was excited when finding out the news from Pitt.
“It feels good that Pitt was willing to give me my first offer. For them being the first, they might be in my top schools when it’s time for me to sign”, said Ali. “I’m just excited to get this process going. I’ve seen so many kids getting offers and I was just waiting on my time.”
I asked Ali if he knew anything about Pitt or has he ever been there?
“No, I’ve never been there but a friend of my brother said its nice and it gets very cold”, said Ali.
The Florida wideout told me that the strength of his game is his route running and his hands. However, “I need to work on my speed and I’m going to do that by running track this year.” Right now, Ali tells me that he runs a 4.56 40.
This past season, Ali finished with 56 catches for 896 yards and 15 TD’s.
Florida Atlantic and Florida International are schools that are showing interest but haven’t offered. Ali plans on making an upcoming trip to FAU with his coach but other than that, he doesn’t have any other trips planned.
Would he have any reservations about spending the next 4 years of his life up North away from the South?
“Football is football no matter where you’re from. As long as you’re a hard worker and you have talent and have the coaching you need, things will work out for you.”