Sometimes things happen when you least expect them to—and that was the case with Nate Leskovec.
The 3-star defensive tackle from Solon, Ohio recently visited Pitt and received a pleasant surprise when he received a scholarship offer.
Pitt reached out to Leskovec during the evaluation period months ago but he hadn’t heard much until secondary coach Archie Collins got hired at the end of January.
“After not hearing from them, I figured they weren’t interested in me,” Leskovec said. “Then Coach Collins was hired and he reached out to me last Sunday and invited me up for a visit. Then I thought ‘cool they’re interested in me.’”
I asked Leskovec on his drive to Pittsburgh if he thought he would receive an offer during his visit.
”I wasn’t sure because I haven’t talked with them much but I thought it might be a possibility,” Leskovec said. ”I was walking out [of Pitt’s Southside facility] and figured I wasn’t receiving one. Coach Collins told me he’d meet me downstairs to say goodbye. Then as I was about to leave, he said Pitt would like to offer you a scholarship and I just had a great feeling in my body and was flattered.”
I asked Leskovec what he thinks has helped him earn these D-I offers?
”I think the number one thing and it’s not the coolest thing but is what all the coaches say is I’m real tough and I really, really play and practice hard all the time,” Leskovec said. “I know how to play football and have tried to soak up all the information I’ve received from my great coaches at Solon.”
This was Leskovec’s first trip ever to Pittsburgh but the thing that stood out most to him was his conversation with Pat Narduzzi. The two had Youngstown, Ohio in common. Narduzzi grew up there and a vast majority of Leskovec’s family currently lives there.
Pitt is an important offer to Lescovec but he is getting plenty of interest from other Division I programs. He likes Boston College and Syracuse as well as Pitt.
“Pitt is definitely at the top with Boston College and Syracuse,” he said.