Pitt is attempting to get in early with a quarterback from Ohio.
Sophomore Evan Prater from Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio threw for Shawn Watson on Monday and found out later that he’d earned his first scholarship offer.
Prater (6-foot-5, 218 pounds) is the second quarterback that Pitt has offered in the Class of 2020 after Michael Alaimo.
PSN had a chance to talk with Prater who said the offer from Pitt came as a total surprise.
“Before Monday, I didn’t have any communication with Pitt, literally none. I threw for Coach Watson yesterday morning and then after school I was told to call him and he offered.”
Prater admitted that during the workout he was nervous considering he was being watched by a Power Five offensive coordinator/quarterback coach.
“Oh yeah, that was going through my head but that’s something you try not to think about because it’s better that you’re loose and just do what you can do. Thinking too much puts a lot of pressure on yourself. I did my best to not think about that they’re here to watch me and just tried to be myself,” said Prater.
To get an idea what he did, Prater told us that he threw hitch passes, curls, comeback routes, seam throws and made some passes on the run.
While he impressed with his arm, Watson didn’t get a chance to see Prater’s mobility, which might be his strongest asset.
”I think a key part to my game us my athleticism and my ability to use my legs. I didn’t really get a chance to show that in the gym. Being able to run the ball and to escape the pocket is a big aspect of my game,” said Prater.
Obviously, Watson liked what he saw because Pitt decided to offer this young talent from Ohio.
”I was really pumped and relieved too because it’s my first offer. It was an exciting moment. Coach Watson told me that I did really well and that the University of Pittsburgh wanted to offer me a scholarship. It was just a great feeling.”