Brendan Bordner is a defensive end from Ohio with nearly 30 offers but surprisingly, Pitt isn’t one of the schools that have offered.
Bordner (Hilliard, Ohio) who’s rated by Rivals as one of the top 50 strong side defensive ends in the country, has been offered by schools like Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Today, Bordner traveled from Ohio to visit Pitt in hopes of possibly landing that offer.
“Pitt was a lot nicer than expected, the facilities were great, and I enjoyed the coaches. The thing that surprised me most probably was how the campus was set up. It was a lot different than anywhere else that I’ve been”, said Bordner.
And Bordner has plenty of places to compare Pitt to. Including Pitt, he’s now visited Purdue, Cincinnati, Marshall, Wake Forest, Navy, Penn State, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa State.
What surprised you about your visit to the South Side today?
“Maybe how evenly split all the facilities were with the Steelers, it wasn’t like they were the Steelers facilities that they let Pitt use, but it was 50/50 Steelers and Pitt”, said Bordner.
The big defensive end was hosted by Coach Peterson and Coach Sims and said that Peterson made a big impression with him because how personable he was with him and his dad.
How about an offer, was it something that came up today?
“Coach Peterson said he’d get back with me on that after speaking with Coach Narduzzi, but it’d be big, Pitt was one of my favorite places I’ve visited so far.”
So what’s next for Bordner and if he gets that offer, could he see a future with Pitt?
“I’ll get out to see some new schools that have offered as well as visit some again for a repeat visit. Any camps that I go to are going to be because of a coach asking me to go”, said Bordner.
“Pitt is definitely a school I’m interested in, and if they were to offer that’d probably be one of my favorites so far and I’d definitely make another trip.”
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