After receiving an offer from Pitt on Saturday, I spoke to Pine-Richland’s Grant Carrigan and he said he didn’t want to make a quick decision and would wait until a couple games into the regular season before selecting a college.
Well I guess after sleeping on it for a few days, he decided that Pitt was it, because as we told you first, Carrigan made a verbal commitment to Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.
This afternoon, I spoke to Carrigan’s head coach Eric Kasperowicz about his star players decision:
“I’ll be honest, I may be a little surprised that he decided that quick but I’m excited and happy for him. Being a Pitt alum, I’m always excited about sending players down there,” said Kasperowicz.”His dad is a basketball alum at Pitt, so I see the connection plus he feels comfortable and likes the staff a lot. He was in contact with other schools, Wake Forest just offered and UCLA and Florida were in contact with him pretty heavily but it’s a comfort thing. He felt at home here, felt it was a good fit, heck why wait around.”
I asked Pine-Richland’s coach what type of player Pitt is getting:
“He’s a kid that has all the size and attributes that a tight end should have. He’s been with us for 2 months and have yet to see him play a game but so far, his work ethic on and off the field have been nothing but fantastic.”
Considering he’s a former D-1 athlete and has coached many college players, I asked Kasperowicz what type of college player will Carrigan be?
“In college, he’ll be an athletic tight end, big enough to attack and block big defensive ends and athletic enough to cause mismatches in the pass game. I don’t think he has the skill set to vertically stretch the field like Gronkowski but he’s big enough to run the 10 yard digs and the possession type routes that tight ends do. With the offense Pitt runs with 2 backs and Pro Style, he’ll be able to be physical in the run game and create mismatches when they pass. Plus, 6-7″ doesn’t hurt!”
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