Quarterback Matt McKay is a player that Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada is very familiar with. Prior to joining Pitt, Canada has scouted McKay (6-3, 174) for the last 3 years while with NC State.
One of the first things Canada did after getting hired by Pitt was to offer the Raleigh quarterback a scholarship. This coming weekend, Canada will meet up with McKay who’ll be in town on Sunday for Pitt’s Junior Day.
“I’m very excited and eager to get to Pittsburgh this weekend!”, McKay told me.
This will be McKay’s first trip every to Pittsburgh so what will he be looking for on his visit?
“I’ll be looking at the coaches and how they interact with players, also the environment and atmosphere of the school and if it’s family oriented”, said McKay. “The #1 thing that I’ll ask the coaches is what type of player/quarterback on and off the field will they like to have at Pitt.”
Aside from his relationship with Coach Canada, what else does interests McKay about Pitt and the football program?
“I love how they use their quarterback even though it will be different since I’m a dual-threat quarterback. Plus, I believe that Pitt is a team on the rise.”
I asked McKay to describe himself as a quarterback- “I’m a dual-threat quarterback and I know how to read a defense well. I can do damage on a defense on the ground but most importantly in the air. I have a strong arm and I’m accurate. Coaches love how I throw the ball and my ability to read defense.”
Pitt isn’t the only place that the junior quarterback will visit this week. Aside from Pitt, McKay will also check out Virginia Tech and NC State. He also tells me that following his visit to Pitt, he’ll visit Tennessee on April 2nd.
Right now, McKay holds offers from Pitt, NC State, West Virginia and Temple.
McKay finished our talk by saying something interesting, “I see myself committing to a school early.”
The questions is, will that school be Pitt?