Over the next few days, PSN will run a series of interviews that we’ve done with high school players that made unofficial visits to the Pitt-Virginia Tech game. All these players are either current sophomores or juniors and none currently hold offers from Pitt.
JAMES HINSPERGER, 2020 LB, Blair Academy (New Jersey):
Hinsperger is originally from Ontario, Canada but moved to the United State a year ago in order to play a high level of football and to increase his profile for potential colleges.
After a short stop at a school in Pennsylvania, Hinsperger is settled in at Blair Academy in New Jersey and hopes to catch the eye of some Power Five programs, like Pitt.
“Last summer, I went to their camp and after the camp, Coach Harley picked a couple of linebackers to take a tour of facilities and I was one of the linebackers chosen,” said Hinsperger. “Since then, their coaches have been watching me. Paris Johnson watched my sophomore film and really liked it so he brought me onto the board for the other coaches to see. After watching the tape of my junior year film, they say they really like what they saw and want to continue following me.”
“The fact that they like what they saw is encouraging but at the same time, for the past month I keep hearing from a lot of schools that they’re interested. So a bunch of schools are interested but no one has reached out and offered yet. That’s hard really because I thought I would’ve gotten an offer my now but I’ll keep working hard until I get one.”
Hinsperger believes his best attributes are his strength and speed as a linebacker. He was just converted this year from defensive end to linebacker so he was still learning the ins and outs of the position.
This was Hinsperger’s first visit to Pittsburgh for a game and he came away impressed. He also was glad for the opportunity to be able to speak to some of the coaches even though it was a gameday.
“Prior to the game, I was able to talk a lot to Coach Johnson about my film and how the year went,” said Hinsperger. “Before the game, I was also able to speak to Coach Harley about my season and how the Pitt linebackers are doing. I watched the game and then afterwards I got to go in the locker room and then spoke to Coach Harley again before leaving.”
“If my first offer came from Pitt, I’d be real honored an happy because it’s one of the best schools in my opinion. The whole Pitt football program just is so well run and they seem so professional. I’ll wait to see if it happens, hopefully it happens soon.”
— James Hinsperger (@HinspergerJames) November 8, 2018