Florida’s Jake Lichtenstein is a recruit that’s in demand right now. The 6-5, 236 pound defensive end from Weston, Florida has picked up some major offers, like Alabama, in the past couple of weeks and his phone is blowing up. That’s the life of a big-time recruit.
“The recruiting process was fun and exciting at the beginning but now it’s a little stressful”, said Lichtenstein. “I know it’s a blessing to be stressed about something like that but I’m just trying to make the best decision for myself.”
One of the schools that’s been in contact with him lately is the Pitt Panthers. The coaching staff was in contact with him last week when they attended a football camp hosted by Michigan.
“The staff tells me the sky’s the limit for me and that I can be a great fit in their hard nosed, physical defense.”
Luckily for Pitt, Lichtenstein has an interest in what the Pitt coaches are saying to him and he wants to continue checking them out.
“I’m planning on coming up this summer”, said Lichtenstein. “I like the academics of Pitt and they have a great ACC football program that I can really fit into. Coach Salem is my main recruiter. He’s a great guy who goes way back with my HS coach (Coach Guandolo). They have a great relationship so right off the bat we clicked. I can see the character of the Pitt football program through him and I’m really excited to see everything.”
Right now, Lichtenstein holds offers from Alabama, California, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, NC State, Rutgers, Oregon State, South Carolina, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
I asked him, which schools are standing out to him right now?
“California, USC, Virginia, Pitt, Alabama and Georgia Tech.”
What factors will Lichtenstein use when starting to narrow down his list?
“Academics are a big one for me. Along with a staff that cares about me as a human being not just a football player. Also, the ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL, so I need a program that can help me get there”, said Lichtenstein.
Every school has a different recruiting pitch on why a recruit should visit or commit to their school. I asked Lichtenstein what the Pitt staff is selling him on.
“They’re telling me all the things that Pitt as a whole has to offer me like the strong alumni support, good academics and a top notch football program.”
Lichtenstein will visit Pitt this summer, he just hasn’t finalized a date yet
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