When coaches offer out-of-state recruits, their next job is to try and get that player come and visit the campus. Obviously, it’s more challenging to get out-of-state players to do that. When an offered kid from far away decides to visit, that’s a major victory. Tim Salem and Pitt achieved that “victory” with California 4-star QB Tyler Lytle.
Two days ago, Salem offered the Redondo Beach quarterback a scholarship while recruiting the state of California. Salem must have made a pretty good impression because Lytle has already decided he’s going to be coming to visit Pittsburgh soon.
“Coach Salem just told me about the program, the school and that I’d fit great into their offense. I’m definitely thinking about Pitt. It’s a legit program with great history that plays in a great conference”, said Lytle.”
The recruitment of this California quarterback started with the hiring of offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Lytle told me that Canada was recruiting him when he was with NC State.
Lytle (6-5, 205) is rated as one of the Top 20 quarterbacks in the country holding offers from Arizona State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Illinois, Miami (FL), Oregon State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Washington State.
“I definitely have interest and I’m figuring out the timing for a visit now. Distance from home will play no role in my selection of school”, says Lytle.
It’s very important that Pitt is getting a visit from Lytle because he plans on making his college decision relatively soon. The junior quarterback reiterated to me that his college decision is coming next month.
“Yes, all my visits will be completed by then and I’ll be ready to make a decision”, said Lytle. His biggest factors for picking his school will be: “Football wise, the offensive system and the coaching staff. Academics will always play a major factor because football ends for everybody at some point.”
Some recruits like to list their “Top 5 Schools” or list favorites not Lytle. He’s keeping all that information quiet and to himself until he makes his final decision.
“I won’t be announcing or indicating top schools at any point. I’ll call each school and thank them for recruiting me and then announce the school I’m attending.”
Currently, Lytle is one of six 2017 quarterback recruits that Pitt has offered (Lytle, Mac Jones, Tate Martelli, Darriel Mack, Kenny Pickett and Kingsley Ifedi).