The big weekend for Pitt official visits has gotten off to a great start for Pat Narduzzi.
Travis Koontz, the top ranked junior college tight end in the country, gave Pitt a verbal commitment on Friday. Koontz becomes Pitt’s second commitment in the Class of 2019.
Koontz (6-5, 250), who attends Ventura College in California, also held offers from LSU, Maryland, Louisville, San Diego State and Texas State. Koontz will have two seasons of eligibility to play at Pitt.
In fact, Koontz was scheduled to make an official visit over the weekend to Maryland, but decided that Pitt would be his new football home.
“The people and staff were just super friendly,” said Koontz. “The Pitt program is on the rise and the education I’d receive here at Pitt. It was all just great.
“The coaching staff believes that I can come in and make an impact immediately because they have a need at tight end.”
As I mentioned, Koontz was all set to visit Maryland but decided Pitt had everything that he was looking for.
“I really was planning on making the visit to Maryland but as I was walking around with the coaches on the tour,” he said. “I just realized that Pitt was for me. Pittsburgh is only 45 minutes from my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio so I’m real close to home. Pitt is a great program and I’m so close to home, I can’t go wrong with this decision.
Following the tour, Koontz gave the news to Narduzzi, who was obviously excited.
“He told me that it’s great to have the No. 1 ranked junior college tight end on board,” Koontz said.
Junior college scout JUCO Football Forer rated Koontz as the top available tight end he was the only junior college tight end with multiple Power Five offers.
Pitt is looking to take two tight ends in this class and are hoping to get a commitment from Florida 3-star tight end Nikolas Ognenovic, who’s visiting this weekend.
Koontz will be the second Pitt player from Ventura College, joining backup quarterback Ricky Town.
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