In the last 72 hours, there has been some interesting Pitt quarterback recruiting news. In case you missed it, here’s a recap.
**On Saturday, Pitt hosted Washington DC junior Kevin Doyle at the team’s Junior Day. Doyle spent most of the day with new offensive coordinator Shawn Watson.
“He and I did not leave each other’s side, both wanting to learn more about the other and just talking in general kept us busy for a good amount of time. We talked everything from football, to life, to basketball (because at the game), to just stories. He is a great coach who I think is definitely going to be here to stay for a long time with Pitt. Then after the basketball game, Coach Watson along with a few other coaches and I went to go see a dorm room and just see freshman year living arrangements. It all seems very nice and convenient. After this, we went to the football offices and I had a sit down meeting with Coach Narduzzi for about 25 minutes and we talked about my recruiting and how much I liked Pitt and about my timetable for committing and picking a school. He thought it was the right idea and that I was handling it very well and smart too. All in all, it was about my 4th visit back, but I really enjoyed my whole day and the coaches couldn’t have been any nicer.”
**Another junior quarterback entered the picture, as on Saturday, Pitt offered St. Xavier’s (Cincinnati, Ohio) Chase Wolf. This was a significant offer because it was Shawn Watson’s first scholarship offer at Pitt. Wolf is a strong armed quarterback who’s only weakness appears to be game experience. Wolf’s situation is very similar to current Pitt quarterback Thomas MacVittie. Both didn’t receive much early playing time because they had talented, future D-1 upperclassmen quarterbacks ahead of them.
**Last night, things got more interesting as the Panthers offered another junior quarterback. Devin Leary (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) from Sickerville, New Jersey got the news from Pitt. Leary is a 3-star recruit with offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, Iowa, Minnesota, Baylor, Indiana, Boston College and Maryland. Last season, Leary threw for 3,688 yards, 48 TDs and only four interceptions.
I find these two offers to the junior quarterbacks very interesting. I say that because I get the strong sense that both Doyle and Wolf have a lot of interest in Pitt and could be Pitt leans. I plan on speaking to Leary today to get his reaction to the offer and gauge his interest level in Pitt.
With a limited number of scholarships available this year, I can’t see Pitt taking more than one quarterback in this class. This could simply be the case of wanting to get an early commitment from one of these 3 players.
**Last night, Leary wasn’t the only signal caller to hear from Pitt. Elite 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell from Houston, Texas picked up an offer from the Panthers. In fact, Gunnell got the news and offer from Watson. Gunnell also has offers from Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oregon.