Last weekend, the majority of players that Pitt hosted were underclassman and checking out the football program and the city of Pittsburgh for the first time.
One of those players was Ohio 2020 defensive end Gage Keys.
Keys (6-5, 230) is from Davidson High School in Hilliard, Ohio and he accepted the invitation from Pitt to take in the Albany game at Heinz Field.
Last night, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Keys to get his reaction to the things he saw and heard from Pitt.
“Coach White my high school coach showed me a text that Pitt sent to him inviting me to the game so I decided to come down to check things out and I did and had a really good time,” said Keys.
“It was my first time going there and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised at how energetic the fans were and they provided much energy which made things very fun. The city of Pittsburgh was a lot bigger and nicer than I thought it was and I also liked how Heinz Field was close to the water and had such a good view of the city.”
Despite it being the day of the game, Keys tells me that he was able to have some communication with a couple of the coaches that have been recruiting him.
“I was able to talk with Coach Partridge and he told me that he was glad I was able to come down for the game and that he’s looking forward to seeing me again in the future. I also talked with Coach Johnson, who pretty much showed us around the facilities after the game,” said Keys.
“Pitt is recruiting me as a defensive end. I’d say my strengths are my explosiveness and ability to get off the line of scrimmage. I’m able to get to the quarterback and I play with passion and am aggressive.”
At this point, Keys lone offer is from Toledo but is hoping to impress many schools during his junior season–including Pitt.
“An offer from Pitt would mean a lot to me. It would open my eyes to recruiting and would be a sign of my potential and how good I could possibly be. Pitt is a really good school and a really good program and things are competitive there so an offer would mean a lot to me.”