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Quarterback Connor Bazelak had planned on visiting Pitt a few weeks ago but Shawn Watson and other members of the Panthers’ coaching staff were out of town.
With the entire coaching staff back in Pittsburgh this weekend, the Ohio native rescheduled his trip to take advantage of their availability.
With Pitt only taking one quarterback in this year’s class, Bazelak (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) wanted to get in an early visit to help determine if Pitt might be his future school.
The 3-star prospect from Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio holds 16 offers, including ones from Boston College, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
Bazelak and his family made the trip and watched the Saturday practice at Heinz Field.
This evening, PSN caught up with Bazelak to get his impression of the weekend and thoughts on Pitt.
“We went to practice in the morning and got to watch [Pitt] and got to see the quarterbacks throw. After that, we went over to the facilities and talked with Coach Narduzzi and Coach Watson a lot. It was good to be able to talk to all the coaches and continue to build our relationship and to watch how they coach during practice,” said Bazelak.
During practice, Bazelak spent a lot of time with Watson and also kept his eye on Pitt starting quarterback Kenny Pickett.
“I was able to stand behind Coach Watson as they were doing their scrimmage stuff. I like the way he coaches because he pushes players hard. He really knows how to develop quarterbacks into NFL guys which is what I’m looking for.”
”He [Pickett] is really accurate with his throws, I had the chance to talk with him a little after practice and he’s a really good guy,” said Bazelak.
The talented quarterback also had a long talk with Narduzzi who reinforced the message that they’d love to have him as a future Pitt Panther.
”Coach talked to us about the program and what they stand for. He also told me more about himself and we were able to catch up on things, he got to know me more and I got to know him more.”
“He said that they want someone that’s a really good thrower and someone that can stand back there and throw it around. They think I’m a good fit for their offense,” said Bazelak.
What’s next for Bazelak?
He tells PSN that he visiting Duke and North Carolina next weekend and West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Kentucky after that. He also plans on going to see Georgia and Ohio State.
“I want to go around and see other places but I’m sure Pitt will stay up there with me.”