For the second consecutive Saturday, Pitt has offered a player from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Last Saturday, the Panthers offered quarterback Chase Wolf and today the offer went to his teammate DE Blake Bacevich. This was big for Bacevich (6-foot-4-inches, 215 pounds) because it was his first Power 5 offer.
“I was really excited. I’ve had some good contact with Pitt this week. I’ve been in contact with them before but a lot more this week leading up to this visit. I was hoping to get offered but when Coach Narduzzi offered, it was so exciting. It’s my first Power 5 offer so it was awesome,” said Bacevich.
The Ohio native didn’t have to wait long today to get the news from Pitt.
“When I got there, I signed in and the staff took me to a photo shoot with the Pitt jersey. Then they told me Coach Narduzzi wanted to talk to me and they took me up to his office.”
“I sat out in the lobby for a bit until he finished a conversation he had with someone else. When he was done, he came out and brought me in. We talked about football in general, talked about some people we both knew and then had some small talk so we could get to know each other since it was our first time we met in person.”
“He then said how he watched my film and the staff watched and said I was a really good player and that they wanted to offer me,” said Bacevich.
That was obviously the highlight of Bacevich’s day in Pittsburgh but I also asked him other things that impressed him.
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“The off-season strength and conditioning staff. They have a lot of things put together for the players. Just seems like they have a really good program. Another thing is the locker room, it was awesome. Also, it’s really cool how they share things with the Steelers. As a player, you’d get to be around professional players and see how they handle themselves.”
Bacevich tells me that he’s really interested in Pitt but wants to visit another school or two in order to compare someplace to them. In March, he plans on visiting Louisville, Vanderbilt and maybe West Virginia. He also plans on returning to Pittsburgh soon in order to see the campus and other aspects of student life.