The saying goes, “If you never ask, you’ll never get it.”
That must be the philosophy with Pitt in their recruitment of Michigan three-star defensive end Adam Berghorst.
Berghorst (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) has stated that he has a top three of Michigan State, Northwestern and Notre Dame but the Pitt staff continues to actively recruit him.
Earlier this week, Archie Collins was in his recruiting territory of Michigan and made a visit to see Berghorst. Collins has a history with the Berghorst family as coached Adam’s older brother at Central Michigan.
While making their NFL Draft pitch yesterday, Berghorst was one of the players that the Pitt staff targeted.
— Adam Berghorst (@adam_berghorst) April 26, 2018
It’s obvious that they’d love to have him but do the Panthers have a realistic shot?
Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with Berghorst to get an update on his recruitment and to get his feeling on Pitt.
“I actually didn’t get a chance to talk to Coach Collins in person because I was playing in my baseball game but he came to the game,” Breghorst said. “Afterwards, I called him right after and we had a chance to talk for a while. He really wants me to come out to Pittsburgh for a visit and see what they have going on. I know they have great facilities, great coaches and obviously they’re in a big-time football conference. He also talked to me about their defense, where I would fit in and stuff like that.
“I know of Coach Collins because my brother plays at Central Michigan where he coached before so I’ve met him a few times before that. I’ve heard a lot of great things about him and what he does.”
Is Berghorst’s focusing just on Michigan State, Northwestern and Notre Dame, and if so, what would it take for another team to enter his list of finalists?
“I’d say that’s accurate about those three teams and that I like them a lot but I’m still open,” he said. “I’d say building a stronger relationship would be really important to me. I’ve been talking to those three teams for a while. So, I’d say relationships and that we need to continue to keep talking, reaching out more and possibly making a visit, stuff like that.”
With school and playing baseball every Saturday, his availability is limited but Berghorst did say that he’s going to try and get down to Pitt for a visit.
Not only is Berghorst a standout football player but he’s very accomplished in baseball too and the opportunity to play in college could play a factor in his decision.
“Yeah, I’d say that could be a factor. The Michigan State baseball coach has recruited me the longest and I’ve also talked to Notre Dame about possibly doing both. I’ll just have to see how it plays out,” said Berghorst.
While he’s skilled in baseball, football is still No. 1 for this Michigan native.
“I’d say I’m pretty athletic, I’m long and can move pretty well for my size. A lot of coaches tell me that I play with a great motor and I can get low and take on blocks.”
At this point, it appears to be a race between Notre Dame and Michigan State but things can change in the game of recruiting so the Panthers’ staff will no doubt continue to recruit this standout till the end.