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Davis Beville and Connor Bazelak are the two names we’ve heard most as being quarterback candidates in Pitt’s Class of 2019.
A new name can be added to this conversation.
Zack Calzada (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) is from Sugar Hills, Georgia and last week he received an offer from Pitt.
This 3-star prospect also holds offers from schools such as Cincinnati, Minnesota, NC State, SMU, Syracuse and West Virginia.
Does a quarterback from Georgia have interest in Pitt?
The answer to that is yes. Last night, Calzada told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he plans on making a visit to Pitt this summer to learn more about the Pitt program.
“Coach Watson contacted me a couple weeks ago and said he liked my tape and wanted to come see me throw,” said Calzada. “Then he came down to watch me and then a couple hours after, he called me and told me I had an offer from Pitt.”
“For me, when a coach contacts me and says they like my film and wants to see me, that’s when the thought and hope for an offer enters my mind.”
Watson had Calzada “basically go through the route tree.” He wanted to see him throw short, medium and deep passes. Plus, had him do some quarterback drills in the pocket and also made him roll out “in order to see every aspect” of his game.
Calzada has seen his recruitment explode in the past couple of weeks. After getting the news from Pitt, the Georgia quarterback received an offer yesterday from West Virginia.
“I didn’t know that things would take off like this, but I knew that when coaches actually came down and watched me throw live that things could possibly happen. It’s been good, but at a pace I wasn’t expecting,” said Calzada.
“I would say that my arm strength and accuracy are my biggest strengths. On the field, I think I also have the ability to stay tough in the pocket and keep my eyes downfield and then utilize my arm strength.”
As far as future visits go, Calzada tells me that he’s going to wait until after spring to see who’s offered and then start to make visits but knows that Pitt will be a place that he checks out.
“Pitt is definitely one of my top offers. They’ve had success on the field beating Miami and Clemson the last couple of seasons, said Calzada. “Plus, Coach Watson from what I’ve heard does a good job of developing quarterbacks, latest being Kenny Pickett. For me, it’s all going to be about the fit.”