The Pitt football program has had a lot of success the last couple of years landing quality recruits from the state of Ohio.
Talented players such as Thomas MacVittie, Chawntez Moss, Rueben Flowers, George Hill, Bryce Hargrove, Charles Reeves, Kyle Nunn and Carson Van Lynn have chosen to attend Pitt.
Pitt coaches hope that 2018 4-star tight end Brenden Bates (6-5, 215) will join that list.
Earlier in the week, Pitt extended an offer to this talented player from Moeller High School in Cincinnati.
“I was really excited when I got the offer,” said Bates. “I visited Pitt last year with a teammate and met Coach Salem. “He was a really cool and really energetic. You knew that he knew what he was talking about. They showed us all around it was awesome.”
Awesome is a word that talent evaluators use to describe Bates’ talent level. 247 Sports rates Bates as a 4-star recruit with offers from Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana and Cincinnati.
Pitt featured Scott Orndoff this past year and are expected to do the same in 2017 with highly touted transfer Chris Clark and incoming freshman Reeves. Considering the strength of his game, sounds like Bates would fit right in.
“I’m more of a pass catching tight end. I have better hands than a lot of tight ends. But, this offseason I’ve been working hard on my blocking. My brother is a really good blocking tight end and he’s been teaching me a lot about blocking. I want to be an all-around tight end,” said Bates.
— Brenden Bates (@BatesBrenden) November 1, 2016
If Bates ends up at Pitt, he would be reunited with his high school quarterback Thomas MacVittie.
“I’ve known Thomas for a really long time. I really became good friends with him last year my sophomore year when I got moved up to the varsity and he was the starter. We bonded really well. He’s a great guy and I love his family,” said Bates.
Since he’s played with the former 4-star quarterback and most Pitt fans have just read about him, I asked Bates to describe MacVittie.
“Thomas is a really, really good quarterback. When I saw him play, I said to myself that this kid is going to be something.”
Bates told me that MacVittie can really throw the ball well on the run, escapes pressure well, is fast and tough.
When Bates says that he really likes Pitt he’s going to take his time with this whole recruiting process.
“I want to take things really slow and make sure I really like a school. I’m not sure if I’m going to visit schools that much. I’m just going to visit the schools that I’m really interested in and curious about,” said Bates.
Obviously, Pat Narduzzi and Pitt hope that Pitt is one of those schools.