Getting that first scholarship is obviously a big deal to any athlete because it’s validation for all the hard work they’ve put in to get to that point.
Jesse Rivera (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is a junior quarterback from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and recently received the news that he earned that first scholarship and that it came from Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers.
“It just feels so good. When I got the news from my coach it was a shocker to me but I was really, really happy. It just felt like all my hard work was rewarded and that it paid off,” said Rivera.
After getting the news, Rivera had to let his parents know about the news and they were both very proud and happy for their son.
I asked Rivera to self-critique himself and tell us about his strengths.
“I feel like one of my main strengths and part of being a good quarterback is the mental side of the game. Aside from being able to throw and run, I feel like my mental strength and my accuracy are my biggest strengths,” said Rivera.
As far as his throwing ability, here’s what Rivera had to say.
“This past year at Archbishop, we didn’t have many deep threats so I was asked to throw short and try and pick apart the defenses. I have a big arm and can throw deep but I wasn’t asked to throw deep much and show off my arm.”
As far as Pitt goes, the things that stood out most to Rivera were their win last year over #2 Miami, Florida and that Dan Marino played for them.
Rivera is the ninth junior quarterback that Pitt has extended an offer to. It’s interesting that of the nine quarterbacks that have been offered, eight are from different states and none are from Pennsylvania.
Pitt’s Junior Quarterback Offers:
Jesse Rivera (6-2, 190), Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dwan Mathis (6-4, 185), Oak Park, Michigan (Michigan State)
Garrett Shrader (6-4, 200), Charlotte, North Carolina
Taisun Phommachanh (6-3, 195), Bridgeport, Connecticut
Davis Beville (6-6, 205), Simpsonville, South Carolina
Connor Bazelak (6-4, 205), Dayton, Ohio
Paul Tyson (6-4, 210), Trussville, Alabama
Sam Howell (6-1, 205), Monroe, North Carolina
Grant Gunnell (6-6, 205), Houston, Texas (Texas A&M)