When a player receives any offer it’s special, when the offer comes from a Power 5 school, it’s extra special. That’s what happened yesterday to Florida middle linebacker Diego Fagot.
Fagot (6-1, 230) had offers from Central Florida and Florida Atlantic but yesterday he received one from the Pitt Panthers.
“Coach Salem came out to see me practicing and after evaluating me, I gave him a call around 8 PM and he offered me”, said Fagot. “He then talked to my dad for a few minutes.”
Pitt had been talking to the linebacker from Calvary Christian Academy in Ft. Lauderdale for weeks but yesterday’s news was a pleasant surprise.
“I didn’t expect an offer so it was a big surprise considering this is my first Power 5 offer. Both my parents and siblings were thrilled that I was offered. We gave God all the glory”, said Fagot.
I asked Fagot what was it that the Pitt coaches liked about him that led him to picking up the offer.
“What the coaches were telling me was how they loved my physical play and how I finish plays and attack the ball well. I think one of my strengths is after playing the game, I love talking to the players that I just played against. Showing the love of Christ to them and praying for them and ultimately asking if they would join me on a journey to heaven”, said Fagot.
Fagot has other offers from Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Navy, Army, Central Michigan, Toledo, Southern Miss, Western Michigan and Costal Carolina.
“Of course, I’m going to consider going to Pitt, one being because they’re in the ACC and two, my head coach Kirk Hoza is from Pittsburgh and he loves it there.”
Hoza is in his first year as head coach at Calvary Christian after spending 23 years coaching in college football. Hoza is from West Mifflin.
I asked Fagot is he’s heard and researched the pipeline of recruiting that Pitt is trying to establish in Florida and if that’s important to him (potentially playing with fellow Florida athletes).
“Yes, they’ve mentioned Florida is the place to recruit. I’m glad that I’m currently playing against a great level of talent here in Florida. But as long as they (future college teammates) as a team and we win games, I wouldn’t mind someone from China, HaHa”, said Fagot.
“This time is very exciting and also a blessing. With great reward comes great responsibility. So in this, I’m learning to stay humble but still grind.”