Pitt’s Class of 2019 just got reduced by one as they received some unexpected news.
Tight end Travis Koontz announced today on Twitter that he was decommitting from the Pitt football program and is reopening his recruitment.
I've been thinking a lot over the last couple weeks and I'm deciding to open my recruitment back up, I'd like to thank Pittsburghs staff for recruiting me, it's nothing against them they're a great program, I just need to make sure this decision is the BEST one for me.
— iceman koontz (@koontz101) October 2, 2018
Koontz (Ventura C.C.) became Pat Narduzzi’s second commitment when he game them a verbal back on June 15.
So, what caused Koontz to make this decision?
Yesterday, when I exchanged messages with him, Koontz mentioned that he was likely to weigh his options because of the way Pitt is currently using their tight ends.
Through five games, Tyler Sear and Will Gragg have a total of five catches for 30 yards.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to a source that’s close to his situation and he mentioned that this situation could all be a product of the way Koontz is currently being used at Ventura C.C.
We’re told that he expected to be used as a threat in the passing game but instead has been mostly used as a blocker. Keep in mind, when Koontz made his commitment, Pitt’s passing game really featured the tight end. However, that hasn’t been the case this year.
PSN is also told that Koontz hasn’t completely dropped Pitt from consideration and that they’re still one of his top schools but he just wants to look deeper into things and be completely sure about his decision.
Over the last couple of months, schools such as LSU, UCLA, Michigan State, Boise State, Fresno State and Houston have been in contact with Koontz.
With today’s developments, Pitt now has 17 commitments in their Class of 2019.