The top ranked JUCO tight end in the country will be making an official visit to Pitt.
Ventura College (California) tight end Travis Koontz received an offer from Pitt on Friday and tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he wants to learn more about the Panthers.
Koontz (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), who’s originally from Youngstown (Ohio), also holds offers from Louisville, LSU and Maryland.
“This interest from Pitt has really been fairly recent. Coach Watson contacted me and asked me if I could call him. I did and he offered me, it was pretty simple. After that I talked with Coach Narduzzi and he told me how the team has a need for a tight end and that I could fill that,” said Koontz. “He mentioned how I’d be close to home (45 minutes), and I’m trying to get back closer to home so that could be a big thing. He believes that I could come in and have a big impact in their offense.”
“I’ve actually never been up there but they were looking at me coming out of high school but I didn’t have the grades at the time.”
He’ll get his first look at the Pitt facilities when he makes a visit there in a few weeks.
“I’m going to make an official visit to Maryland from June 15-17 and then to Pitt from June 18-20,” said Koontz.
Koontz says that the proximity to home, the tight end depth chart and another thing will be factors in his decision.
“My relationship with the tight end coach, I need to have a solid relationship with him so that I go into the program with a feeling that I already know someone really well,” said Koontz.
Koontz says that he’s a good route runner but believes his biggest strength is his blocking ability.