With the commitment of 2018 quarterback Nick Patti, Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is starting the process of recruiting his quarterback for next year’s class.
The Pitt coaches have offered three quarterbacks so far in the Class of 2019: Grant Gunnell (Houston, Texas), Sam Howell (Monroe, North Carolina) and Garrett Shrader (Charlotte, North Carolina).
Shrader (6-foot-5, 190 pounds) received the offer from Pitt at the beginning of the month also has offers from Louisville, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Missouri and Penn State, that offer came in the last week.
Last weekend, Shrader visited Ohio State and Virginia Tech and this coming weekend, he tells PSN that he’ll be going to see North Carolina and South Carolina. Earlier in the month, he visited and worked out for Joe Moorhead at Penn State which earned him that offer.
Last season, Shrader put up some impressive statistics throwing for 34 touchdowns, completing 65% of his passes and only throwing four interceptions in 320 pass attempts. Shrader definitely has the look of someone that’s trending towards being a national recruit.
This morning, PSN talked with him and asked his thoughts on Pitt and what he knew about them. The first thing he said shouldn’t surprise you.
“I know that they beat Clemson last year,” said Shrader.
“Prior to getting the offer, they came to watch me workout. I know that Pitt has a good program and I heard about their offense. In that offense, they put their quarterbacks in a good position to succeed and win.”
As far as upcoming visits, Shrader tells me that after this weekend, he’ll be done with visits for the summer and wants to then concentrate on the upcoming season.
As far evaluating his own game, here’s how the sophomore quarterback would describe himself.
“I would say I’m big but I’m a bit more athletic than people think I am. No one expects or thinks that I can go out and run a low 4.5 (which he’s done) and jump 38 on my vertical. I would say I’m quick, tall and know the game.”
“I can play in any system. It just comes down to coaches and what school will be the best fit for me. I would say that I would be leaning towards an up-tempo offense.”