Being a native of Ontario, Canada, Liam Dick doesn’t have many college scouts come to check him out. So in order to fulfill his dream of playing Division-I football, he had to go attend camps and make himself noticed.
Last weekend, Dick (6-7, 300) participated in the Pitt’s prospect camp and performed well enough that last night the big offensive tackle received a call from Pat Narduzzi telling him he earned a scholarship offer from Pitt.
“Going in, I wanted to show the coaches what I had. No one heard of this big Canadian kid so I had to show them what I had. I knew that I had to show up and play well,” said Dick.
As the camp progressed, Dick had a feeling he was performing well and impressing the coaching staff from Pitt.
“I definitely felt like I was playing well. As the camp went on, I gained more and more confidence and felt at home,” said Dick. “It just felt natural playing and I felt I performed really, really well.”
“I think I showed them that I’m a big man that can move. I’m not like a typical 300 pound guy. I like to say that I can move like a 200 pound player. I like to show coaches that I’m a big man that can move his feet well and believe I demonstrated that at Pitt.”
Following camp, Dick met with Narduzzi who told him that he would be in contact at some point this week so he was relieved to finally get that call last night.
“Coach Narduzzi called me and said that I’m a heck of a football player and that the entire coaching staff like me and that he would like to see me in a Pitt uniform one day,” said Dick.
This wasn’t just another offer, it was Dick’s first Power Five offer.
“This offer was extremely massive. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity that they’ve given me. For a Canadian kid to get an offer from a major school like this and for them to believe in me, it’s unbelievable. All this hard work is paying off. It’s amazing,” said Dick.
Dick mentioned a Canadian kid getting a football offer, how did he start playing football and was he just too big for hockey?
“I actually grew up playing hockey my whole life. As I went into high school, the football coach came up to me and asked if I every played football before and I said no, I played hockey, lacrosse and rugby. I didn’t know much about football,” said Dick. “He said you’re a big boy and look like you have a perfect body for football. I said ‘sure I’ll try out’ and went out there and just fell in love with the game. I loved the physicality and teamwork that’s needed to play football.”
Since Dick just started playing football at the age of 14 and only started playing offensive line two years ago, Pitt may have found themselves a diamond in the rough.
Dick has other schools recruiting him but Pitt being the first to offer is something that he will never forget.
“They’ll get massive consideration. Being the first Power Five school to believe in me, they’ll always be a special team for me. Right until the end, they’ll always be at the top of my list of schools, that’s for sure.”
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— Liam Dick (@biglug22) November 26, 2017