Over the last few weeks, the Pitt staff has been quite active in offering local players.
That trend continued last night as they become the first program to officially get involved with an area quarterback.
2020 Norwin quarterback Jack Salopek got the big news that he’d received his first Division I offer.
Last season as a sophomore, Salopek (6-3, 180) threw for over 1,800 yards.
Although the offer officially came last night, this relationship has been building between the two sides for months.
”We’ve been in contact with each other going back to Christmas,” said Salopek. “Then recently I spent a lot of time with Coach Watson and Coach Narduzzi at their Junior Day. After that, they came out to my high school to watch me throw.”
”After that, I went to their camp on June 3 and they told me they wanted to get a 2019 quarterback commitment before they did anything with 2020 quarterbacks. Once they did that, they said that I’d be the first quarterback they went after in the 2020 class.”
That’s exactly what happened as Shawn Watson contacted Salopek’s coach Dave Brozeski and asked Jack to give him a call.
“Coach Watson has been the most supportive coach of the ones I’ve spoken to,” said Salopek. “The things he likes about me are my arm strength, how quickly the ball comes out of my hands and my footwork.”
Despite having the feeling it was coming, officially getting that first Division I offer was a huge moment for Salopek.
“Everyone has been telling me it’s eventually going to happen but now that is has, it’s such a huge relief. The first two people I called were my two brothers just because they’ve been such a huge help to me throughout this whole process and without them, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today.”
Salopek’s brothers are Michael, who was a Division I wrestler at Virginia and TJ, who was a quarterback at Allegheny College, where he was the schools all-time leading passer with close to 8,000 passing yards.
”Like I told Coach Watson, now that I have the offer, I’m going to prove him right and keeping working to get better. I can’t just sit back and say I did it because I need to get improving to keep their interest in me along with any other schools.”