Pitt has a long history of recruiting players from Thomas Jefferson High School.
Noah Palmer and Devin Danielson are two former Thomas Jefferson alum currently on Pitt’s roster.
Over the weekend, two T.J. juniors spent the weekend at Heinz Field.
Linebacker James Martinis and offensive lineman Mac Duda made unofficial visits to Pitt and saw their last minute win over Duke.
Martinis (6’-2”, 210) is a ball-hawking middle linebacker for Bill Cherpak’s team and talked to us about the weekend and Pitt.
“I got invited to the Week One game vs. Albany and went to that,” said Martinis. “Then on September 1, Coach Harley texted me and told me they were recruiting me. Since then, I get mail from them multiple times a week.”
”Hearing from Pitt is great because they’re my hometown team. I’ve been watching and supporting them for my whole life and now that they’re trying to recruit me, it feels awesome.”
Martinis describes himself as someone that has size, follows the ball and makes a lot of tackles.
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Thomas Jefferson Bill Cherpak has sent plenty of players to D-1 football and has started to have talks with Martinis about the recruiting process.
“He talks to me about making sure I go to a school that I will fit in at,” said Martinis. “And to make sure they have a system that I’ll fit in at.”
”Location is definitely going to be big for me. I want to be within driving distance of home, I don’t want to have to fly home.”
Martinis is waiting for his first offer and obviously would love for it to come from Pitt.
”That would be awesome. I’ve been rooting for Pitt my whole life. My cousin Noah Palmer, who’s a freshman on the team, tells me great things about Pitt all the time. Getting a Pitt offer would be a dream come true.”