Back on February 23rd, TE coach Tim Salem offered Symonds a scholarship and the big tight made it a point to get to Pittsburgh quick to personally evaluate things.
“A lot rode on how this trip went. I really wanted to see the facilities, see the campus, meet with the coaches and talk with them and see how I’d be used in the offense and also seeing a practice. After seeing practice, and after meeting with the coaches, Coach Watson, Coach Powell, Coach Salem and Coach Narduzzi and touring the campus and the facilities, I really knew it was the one,” said Symonds.
A lot of comparisons have been made between the playing styles of Symonds and current Pitt fullback George Aston. Pitt fans will be glad to hear that the Pitt coaches want Symonds to follow in the footsteps of Aston.
“That’s how the coaches explained it to me that I would be like George. I’d be versatile, they say I could be in the backfield as a fullback, in the slot, in tight, moving around. Coach Watson called me “The Adjuster.” So I’d be used very similar to the way George is being used now,” said Symonds.
This was a big trip for Symonds because it was his first trip to Pittsburgh and the first time he personally met his new head coach and new offensive boss.
“Something that stood out to me was how comfortable I was around Coach Narduzzi and Coach Watson. Talking to them was very easy, I was very comfortable and they made me feel very welcomed. That stood out compared to other conversations I’d had with other college coaches.”
“As far as the city, it was my first time there and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel but I really loved it, loved the city, I loved the campus especially which made me feel even better about my decision.”