Pitt’s ability to land the top prospects from Western Pennsylvania is a constant topic amongst the fan base.
North Allegheny’s Joey Porter Jr. and Pine-Richland’s Andrew Kristofic are two players in the conversation as the WPIAL’s top player in the Class of 2019, but so is JaQuan Brisker.
Although he currently attends Lackawanna College, Brisker is a product of Gateway High School and one of the most talented defensive backs in the country.
This afternoon, Brisker created a buzz on Twitter when he tweeted out a picture of him wearing a Pitt uniform at Heinz Field. PSN talked to Brisker who told him that the visit was actually from last Wednesday but he just received the pictures today.
— Quanny B. (@JaquanBrisker) May 15, 2018
Brisker admits that the reaction he got from Pitt fans following that tweet was pretty cool and one that only a “hometown” kid would receive.
“It definitely is cool to see that I still have the love from the fans in my city. It is a cool feeling,” said Brisker.
Although Pittsburgh is his hometown, Brisker was pleasantly surprised by what he saw when he made an unofficial visit to Pitt last Wednesday.
Brisker finished up his semester on Tuesday and received an invite from the Pitt staff to make a visit to their South Side facility.
“They showed me the facilities, showed me the Cathedral and Heinz Field. They really shocked me,” said Brisker. “As soon as I walked into the facilities, all the coaches just welcomed me. They were at the front door, opened the front door for me and welcomed me and my family. I walked in and shook all the coaches hands and met them all. It was just like wow.”
What in particular shocked him?
“One thing was the facilities,” he said. “I never knew they looked like that. Although I’m from Pittsburgh, I never saw them before. I never really was inside Pitt before and it just really shocked me. Plus, the weight room, the whole look of the facilities was really unexpected. Also, just to see how they treated me. Before this, I knew about Coach Narduzzi but the love I got from all the coaches.”
Although he was impressed with the entire Pitt staff, head coach Pat Narduzzi stood out to Brisker as someone he’s formed a great relationship with.
“He’s a great coach, a great person, is passionate for the game and really cares about his student athletes,” Brisker said. “He’s a really good coach that has a track record of getting his players to the NFL.”
Brisker is a four-star recruit and has programs like Alabama, Penn State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Maryland and West Virginia recruiting him hard.
Although it’s early, Brisker already knows that it’s going to be hard to make that final decision.
“I know it’s going to be hard because every visit that I make, things always look and sound good at that particular school,” he said. “I have to think, is the defense the right fit and I have to look and try and figure out if what these coaches are selling me are dreams, or are they reality. At the end of the day, I have to figure out if it feels like home
“I’m going to try and visit as many schools as I can and try and come out with a Top 10 soon and then bring that down to a Top 5. Then those five schools will be the schools I make official visits to. I’ll cut it down even more and then make a decision in December.”