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Nikolas Ognenovic is one if not the top tight end on Pitt’s 2019 recruiting board.
The Florida native has serious interest in Pitt and showed that by traveling to Pittsburgh from his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Ognenovic (6-foot-5, 232 pounds) is rated as a 3-star recruit and aside from Pitt holds offers from schools such as Kentucky, Syracuse, Boston College, Indiana and South Florida.
As he was on his way to the airport to fly back home, Pittsburgh Sports Now had a chance to talk with him to get his reaction to his day in Pittsburgh.
“It really was a great visit. We started off in a team meeting and then went to a tight end meeting. After that, Coach Salem and Coach Narduzzi kind of got me involved in practice. I was in the huddle as the quarterbacks were calling plays and was standing next to Coach Narduzzi the whole time and listening to what he was saying,” said Ognenovic.
“Coach Salem as he was calling plays, he was telling me what each play meant and explaining how he was calling it and what to do for each play. It was really great.”
Ognenovic told me that by being involved like this during practice, it made him feel like he was part of the team.
“The visit was just as great as I expected it would be and I knew that I would love it.”
The interaction with the coaches, players and the team was great but something else impressed Ognenovic even more.
“As far as the academic side of Pitt, man, that just blew me away. I want to major in engineering and when I went on a tour of the engineering facility and classes, it was beyond what you can imagine. It was absolutely amazing,” said Ognenovic.
As you can imagine, the facilities impressed him but what was going on in those facilities also made a positive impression.
“The Pitt players were really working. In practice, you could really feel the energy from the players and the coaches. I just felt excited for practice, you wanted to go out there and be a part of it.”
All in all, it was an enjoyable day for Ognenovic and he left with a very favorable impression of the Pitt football program.
“At the end, the coaches told me that they really want me and that I’m #1 on their list for tight ends. They love my skill set as far as being fast and being big and having the ability to go up and high point the ball. They told me that I’m a top priority for them.”
“I don’t have any favorite right now but Pitt is obviously standing out a lot along with Kentucky and Syracuse. As far as when I’m going to make a decision, sometime before my season starts.”