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Receiving your first offer has to be a huge moment in the life of an athlete and tonight that happened to Massachusetts tight end Jay Symonds.
“This is surreal right now, I’m ecstatic,” said Symonds.
“Coach Salem texted me while I was in school. He said we have big news for you so I called him when I was free. Coach Salem and Coach Watson were there and said they really wanted me, that I would fit very well in the offense, they like how I play football and said I had an offer to Pitt. It was one of the best moments of my life.”
As you can imagine, the Symonds family was pretty excited.
“My grandfather out of everyone was most excited. My mom texted me telling me test he was crying when she told him,” said Symonds.
“Prior to the offer today I was nervous. I see on twitter all these guys getting offers and I was still waiting for one. I was a little unsure but at the same time, I knew eventually someone would offer. I definitely didn’t anticipate getting that offer but when I got it, it completely changed my attitude on this process.”
“I feel more confident now. Now that I got my first offer, I’m more optimistic that more will offer and even I feel they don’t, I have one from Pitt whichever is an outstanding football and academic school,” said Symonds.
Symond (6-foot-4-inches, 250 pounds) is from Cambridge, Massachusetts and plays for Buckingham Browne Nichols School. This potential diamond in the rough says that Pitt is recruiting him as a hybrid tight end/fullback.
“I’m willing to do whatever the coaches want me to do on the field. I catch anything and everything. I’m also willing to get in on the line and get down and dirty with the lineman and block.”
— Jay Symonds Jr (@JaySymonds24) December 29, 2016
“I like the type of offense they run and how I’d fit in. It just seems like a perfect fit with them being so highly regarded and with them being such a fantastic football school, especially with that win over Clemson. That win really got me interested in the school and made me look into them. Plus, how much they’ve contacted me throughout this process has me interested in them,” said Symonds.
Enough to give Pitt an early commitment?
Symonds says level-headed and wait abit to see what develops but admits that Pitt is at the top of his list.
“Coach Salem has given me a list of dates for some spring practices to come out visit so I want to get there as soon as possible.”