After speaking with Columbus (OH) outside linebacker Brian Asamoah, you come away with the impression that he’s going to be a success no matter the path he chooses in life.
Asamoah is a bright, very articulate young man that seems older than a junior in high school. When you combine those characteristics with his athletic ability, it’s no surprise he’s a highly recruited player.
Asamoah will be one of many juniors in town this weekend for the first of two Junior Day weekends.
The Ohio native was one of the first juniors that Pat Narduzzi offered last year, in fact, Pitt was the first Power 5 school to offer him a scholarship. Since then, Asamoah has been offered by schools like Penn State, UCLA, Michigan, Duke, Indiana and Minnesota.
Last night, I talked to Asamoah about this coming weekend, things he’s looking forward to and his overall thoughts on Pitt.
“I’ll get to further build my relationship with the coaching staff. Also, I’ll be making an actual visit to the facilities, the classroom settings but most importantly, my older brothers will be along with me on the visit. They’ll be able to share this experience with me,” said Asamoah.
“My brothers, Dominique (23 years old) and Eric (32 years old) will be with me. They’ll be factors on where I’m going to decide to attend so actually being able to visit Pitt with them is essential in this process.”
“But this visit will allow me to learn more about the program, about Pitt and what’s going on there,” said Asamoah.
One thing that Asamoah knows and doesn’t have to learn or figure out is how much of a priority he is for this Pitt football staff.
“Absolutely, they always tell me I’m one of their top guys and I’m grateful for that. Pitt has always had a lot of focus on me. They’ve kept in contact with me and they’ve proven to me that I’m one of their #1 guys and I’m thankful for that.”
So this weekend, what will be something Asamoah will be focusing on or asking the Pitt coaches about?
“Academics is the biggest thing I’m striving for. I know what I want to major in (business) and Pitt has that. The football part for any school, that’s simple. Academics is going to be my factor. Talking to Pitt and seeing what they have academically as far as internship opportunities, life after football and stuff like that. Academics is #1 on my chart,” said Asamoah.
Asamoah will get more offers as the months go on and in the end he realizes this will be a tough decision but it’s something he’s preparing himself for.
“After awhile, I’m going to have to make a decision and narrow things down so that I can start focusing on some schools and start to find a place that I can see myself attending. I expect this process to be challenging as I receive more offers. I can see this being a challenge but also as a blessing. As of right now, I’m not turning down any offers, I’m giving everyone a fair shot.”