Over the next few weeks and months, the Pitt staffs focus will be on recruiting for both the Class of 2017 and 2018.
Last weekend, the team hosted a number of underclassman including Aaron Ervin, an offensive tackle from Springboro, Ohio.
“I would describe the visit as very informational. Seeing and hearing about the history of Pitt was eye opening to me. The main thing that stood out to me was being told how much coaching goes on at Pitt. Not only by your personal coaches but also NFL coaches. And to me as a player that is the most important thing. Being coached so I know what to do differently in order to get better”, said Ervin.
“This was my first visit to Pitt. What I enjoyed most was the coaches such as Coach Peterson and Coach Narduzzi, taking the time to talk to most if not all the recruits. It made the visit a lot more comfortable and fun.”
Being from Ohio and being an offensive lineman, it’s not surprising that Ervin’s main contact and recruiter has been with line Peterson.
“I’ve been in contact with Coach Peterson since October which was the month he came into my school to talk to me and ask me about my grades and what I plan to do in college academically. I wanted to visit Pitt because after my meeting Coach Peterson I instantly wanted to see what he is like during a game, but I also was interested in meeting the other coaches and getting a feel for the standard at Pitt,” said Ervin.
” My conversations with Coach Peterson was very brief. He asked me how my grades were doing and told me he was glad I could make the trip out there. I really appreciated the time he did take to talk to me.”
“My impression of Coach Peterson is that he is a coach that wants to see his linemen succeed not only on the football field or in the weight room, but also in the classroom. Also he seems like the coach that when you are tired he is going to still expect you to perform at your best. My last thing that I noticed about Coach Peterson was that he just seems like one of those coaches you really enjoy being around and playing for,” said Ervin.
Pitt isn’t the only school showing interest in Ervin. Aside from Pitt, Iowa, Northwestern, Virginia, Cincinnati and Ohio have been in contact but he’s still waiting for that initial offer.
“Waiting for my first offer has been a little stressful, which is what I’ve been told my friends and family who have been recruited before. However, I find waiting for an offer humbling, because when I look at twitter and people are saying they received an offer it makes me work that much harder because it means I still have more to prove,” said Ervin.
— Aaron Ervin (@Swerve_II) November 22, 2016
“I feel that when I get my first offer it will mark a milestone in my football career. Meaning that I have shown coaches and recruiters that I can perform at the next level.”
If Pitt decides to offer, it sound s like they’ll be someone Ervin will seriously consider.
“After my visit to Pitt, my interest with them has skyrocketed.”