For the last five years, the Pitt Panthers have had a WPIAL tight end on their roster with both JP Holtz and Scott Orndorff. If Pat Narduzzi gets his way, they’ll add another one in this recruiting class.
At their first scrimmage of the fall, Pitt invited two local tight ends and extended offers to both of them. Neshannock’s Tyler Sear received one offer and Pine-Richland’s Grant Carrigan received the other one.
“I did expect it. They’ve said that they were going to offer, they just needed to see some stuff and watch some practice film,” said Carrigan. “I was really excited because I’ve been waiting for this for a while and I’m just excited it finally happened.”
Believe it or not, there was one person that may have been as excited about the offer as Grant and that’s his father, Richard. Grant’s father is a Pitt alum and played on the Pitt basketball team from 1984-87.
“He was really excited and told me how proud he was of me. He’s a Pitt guy and was just excited that I have the opportunity to play football at Pitt,” said Carrigan.
The big tight end (6-7, 258) from Pine-Richland hasn’t always been a local product. In fact, this is Carrigan’s first year in the WPIAL. Carrigan is originally from Las Vegas and lived there all his life until last September. Due to his dad’s job, they moved from Las Vegas to Weirton, West Virginia for one school year. After that, Grant’s entire family packed up and headed to Western PA and the Pine-Richland school district.
Now that he’s at Pine-Richland, Carrigan will have the chance to work this coming season with one of the top quarterbacks in the entire country, junior Phil Jurkovec.
“I’m really excited, he’s a really great person, a strong quarterback and I think we’re going to make some big plays this year and have a great season.”
Carrigan describes himself as a physical player but despite his size, considers himself athletic. He also says that he creates mismatches and can make plays when he gets the ball in his hands.
Aside from Pitt, Carrigan’s only other Power 5 offer is from Wake Forest, which he received a week ago. When he considers all the factors, it looks like Pitt is the big favorite for Carrigan. Could we see a quick commitment?
“I think I’m still going to wait until a couple games into the season to see what else comes in and see what’s best for me,” said Carrigan.