Pitt has a number of quality prospects visit last weekend. One of the larger prospects was 2019 Holmdel (NJ) St. John Vianney Regional High School offensive lineman C.J. Hanson (6-foot-5 inches, 300 pounds).
“I stayed both days for Pitt’s junior day. I absolutely loved it. Pitt is everything I expected and more,” said Hanson.
“I had a great time. I bonded with Coach Borbs (Dave Borbely) and Coach (Tim) Salem. I got to see a lot of the facilities and their campus is beautiful. To be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting their connections with the outside world to be as vast as they are. There’s a lot in place at Pitt that can help me in the future.”
One of the newest faces on football coaching staff is offensive line coach Dave Borbely. “He’s a completely straight forward guy. He told me he liked seeing me on film but he mentioned several things I need to work on,” he said. “We went over some technique. He wasn’t a guy that was going to walk up and make you think you’re getting something you’re not. He was completely straight forward. He told me everything he was expecting and things he wanted to see. It was very helpful. I appreciated him being very honest and truthful.”
“(Coach Borbley) told me he wanted me to use my hips a little more, learn to be a bit more explosive and said it would be in my best interest to be in their camp this summer in early June.”
Hanson has already received scholarship offers from Howard, Massachusetts and Monmouth. Larger P5 schools have expressed strong interest including Pitt, Boston College and Rutgers.
When asked about his strengths, Hanson stated, “I would say I move pretty well for my size. I’m also a lacrosse player so I have some agility. I can move very well in the open field. I can run downfield and ground and pound. I have only been playing football two years so there’s a ton of room for improvement. It was great for me to hear what Coach Borbs wanted me to work on. That’s great for me to hear. Now I know what to work on and improve on.”
“I look forward to coming back in June and proving myself at their summer camp.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru