A local player is hoping that a conversation with the hometown school turns into an offer.
David Harvey (6-1, 200) is an outside linebacker/running back for Mt. Lebanon and last week got a visit from a member of the Pitt coaching staff.
“I was called down to the athletic office to meet with a coach. Unfortunately, no one mentioned who it was”, said Harvey. “Coach Harley was direct and personable during our conversation. He was super friendly and I thought perhaps he knew thought he knew me from some conversation we might have had previously. ”
Now Harvey revealed something that’s pretty funny.
“I’m sure I came across a bit distracted as I kept trying to look at his notes to get a clue as to what college he represented. He asked if I planned to attend their camp and I hedged a bit by saying that I was trying to work out my camp schedule. It was only when he asked to speak with my coach and stood up that I noticed the Pitt insignia on his shirt”, said Harvey.
“I was flattered to have him seek me out and am embarrassed that I was unaware I was speaking to a revered Pitt coach! I look forward to participating in Pitt’s camp.”
Harvey says that Harley made no mention of a scholarship and that he believes that he’d have to show Pat Narduzzi and company something at those camps.
But what would receiving a scholarship from the hometown team mean to Harvey?
“An offer from Pitt would obviously be a dream come true, as it would be for any other football player growing up in the area”, said Harvey. “It would be a privilege to represent and play for my hometown. It would mean staying close to home and having family attend games. That experience would be priceless. ”
“It would also mean alleviating financial concerns. I come from a large family (one of eight children) and a scholarship would allow me to receive a top education without the monetary burden that often accompanies it.”
“Most importantly, an offer from Pitt would mean that all my hard work has paid off and my love for football could carry on for at least another four years”,’ said Harvey.
The Mt. Lebanon athlete tells me schools are looking at him as either a running back or a linebacker. Teams like his versatility and want to see him at different spots at camps.
Right now, Harvey has offers from Youngstown State and Columbia and Ivy League, Patriot League schools have shown interest as well as the Service Academies.
So Harvey will wait until the summer to show Pitt what he can do and hopefully get a chance to become a part of a program that has a chance to be special.
“Coach Narduzzi has brought a lot of excitement back to the city of Pittsburgh for Pitt’s football program. I look at them as an up and coming program bound to compete for ACC and National Championships for years to come. My friends and I always get excited when we see WPIAL talent mention Pitt on social media.”