The Pitt football staff spent last week out recruiting and evaluating potential prospects.
One of the players they watched and eventually offered was Michigan (Warren De La Salle High School) 2020 OT Grant Toutant. Assistant coach Archie Collins was in Detroit Friday for Toutant’s championship game and extended the offer.
Pitt wasn’t the only program that Toutant (6’-7”, 292) impressed. In the last week, he’s received offers from four Power 5 teams: Pitt, Penn State, Wisconsin and Duke.
“I’m just ecstatic with everything that’s happened in the last week,” said Toutant. “I kind of knew that if I really wanted to play college football I could, I just didn’t know to what level. I knew I had the size but had to work on a few things.”
”One of the things that all the schools are telling me they like about me is my flexibility and the way I fire off the ball. That’s mostly what coaches are complementing me on.”
Pitt is a place that Toutant doesn’t know a ton about but is excited to start doing research on them.
”I was shocked with that they offered, I didn’t expect it,” said Toutant. “We’ve had some contact but not a ton. They were at a camp that I attended over the summer.”
Now that offers are starting to come in, what things are Toutant going to be looking for in his future school?
”The biggest thing I’ll be looking for is academics and if they have an engineering program because that’s what I’ll be majoring in. If they don’t have a good engineering program or don’t have one, that’s a problem because I want to be an engineer,” said Toutant.
”Also, I’m looking to play in the Midwest or East coast. I don’t really want to go too far from home. I want to be able to have my parents be able to drive out to see me or be able to drive to come see me play. I just really wouldn’t want to go out west.”
Toutant is starting tote process of making some unofficial visits. In fact, this weekend he’ll be heading out to State College for the Penn State game. They’re a program that’s made an impression on him because they were the first one to show serious interest in him.
As far as Pitt goes, Toutant says he wants to come visit whether it be for a basketball game or for a spring practice. He wants to do this in order to get to know the Pitt coaches better.
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