In recent years, Pitt has been successful landing tight ends from the WPIAL.
The Panthers have been able to get players like JP Holtz (Shaler), Scott Orndorff (Seton-LaSalle), Grant Carrigan (Pine-Richland) and Tyler Sear (Neshannock) to stay home.
Next year, a tight end from the area that’s likely to draw Power Five interest is Josh Rawlings from Woodland Hills High School.
Rawlings is 6-5, 230 pound physical tight end that currently holds offers from Temple, Toledo, Kent State and Howard.
“Things have been going pretty good, “said Rawlings. “I’ve been invited to a lot of upcoming games like Syracuse, Pitt, Virginia Tech and places like that. I just received an offer from Kent State and I’m just waiting for other ones to come in at the end of the season.”
“It’s not really a stressful time, I just look at it as a blessing that I’m getting looked at by so many schools. I’m not looking at my phone waiting for more offers. My focus now is just on finishing the season strong. But I’ll admit it is nice to see and hear from coaches texting me and contacting me.”
Rawlings tells me that the biggest compliment that he gets from coaches is his ability to block at the line. However, he was quick to point out that while that’s his strength now because of the system he’s in, Rawlings believes he has the ability to flex out wide and be a receiving tight end as well.
“To be honest, I love the blocking aspect of it and putting my hand in the dirt and battling in the trenches,” said Rawlings. “I think that’s what makes me different and what makes me special. I have no problem with putting my hand in the dirt and blocking for three or four straight plays.”
I asked Rawlings to update me on how often he hears from Pitt and what they’re currently saying to him.
“I actually hear from them a lot. They send me messages every game day and tell me good luck. I get letters in the mail from them everyday. I mostly hear from Coach Salem, Coach Harley or Coach Watson. They say that they like my size, that I can get a little bigger and that my bench can go up a bit during the off-season but I think they like the way I am right now.”
What about an offer? Have they mentioned one to him and does Rawlings think one is eventually coming?
“They told me one is coming soon but haven’t told me what they need to see for me to get one,” said Rawlings. “An offer from Pitt would mean the world to me. Just to have the option to go to college in my hometown would be great. I grew up always watching Pitt and always wanted to go there when I was a little kid so an offer from them would be very nice.”
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— Joshua J. Rawlings (@Giant_jay87) September 16, 2018