It was an exciting day for Neshannock tight end Tyler Sear as he receives a scholarship offer from his hometown school, the Pitt Panthers.
“I was extremely happy because it’s such a great opportunity. My immediate reaction was joy, I was very happy,” said Sear. “My dad was especially excited, he’s a long time Pitt fan, so he was really happy to get the news and my mom was grateful.”
Sear (6-7, 250) received the news this morning as he visited Pitt and watched the scrimmage at the football facility.
“When I first arrived on campus this morning, Coach Narduzzi pulled me aside and wanted to let me know that I had an official scholarship to Pitt. He was really excited to have me on campus.”
While the news was obviously exciting for Sear, it also put him in a position that he’s now forced to make a tough decision. Sear has already given a verbal commitment to Temple. Does he stick with that decision or join his hometown school?
“I’m really going to take my time with this decision and weigh my options. It’s obviously a tough choice. I grew up in Pittsburgh, it’s a dream school for a lot of people. But then again, so is Temple. It’s a really tough decision, it really is,” said Sear.
Sear wasn’t the only local tight end to get an offer from Pitt today. Pine-Richland’s Grant Carrigan also was at Pitt and received an offer. Will this be a race to see which player accepts the offer first and is that something Sear will be thinking about?
“Pitt told me that they’re taking 2 tight ends this year. They also told me that they wouldn’t have offered me if the offer came with an expiration date and that if I wanted to commit at any point that I would be welcome and able to,” said Sear.
The last 2 Pitt tight ends have come from the WPIAL (JP Holtz and Scott Orndorff), will Sear join that fraternity?