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Pitt Coaches Heavily Pursuing Tight End Travis Koontz



The Pitt football staff’s sole focus right now is finding a way to win the ACC Championship Game Saturday night as they take on No. 2 Clemson.

Following Saturday night’s game, the staff will traveling the country as they start the three-month grind of recruiting.

The plan now is for Pat Narduzzi to take a plane flight across the country to California. Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that Narduzzi’s first scheduled trip is to go with Tim Salem to visit junior college tight end Travis Koontz.

Despite Koontz de-committing from Pitt, the Panthers staff has kept recruiting Koontz and kept him a top priority.

PSN spoke this morning with Koontz prior to him starting his official visit to Connecticut.

“They text me almost everyday and call me a couple times a week,” Koontz told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Narduzzi has called me every week. I can tell that they’re showing me love and they really want me.”

Narduzzi’s most recent talk with Koontz was on Wednesday and it was a talk that this talented tight end really enjoyed.

“We just talked about the situation with Georgia and I told him it’s pretty much down to them and Georgia and he was glad to hear that,” Koontz said. “He told me that I’m their number one priority and that’s why on Sunday if he doesn’t get caught up with press conferences and stuff, then he’s going to come out and see me with Coach Salem. If he can’t, he’s going to come out in January and we’d get to spend the whole day together which would be cool.”

The situation with Georgia is they want to offer him if their starting tight end declares early for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Georgia will be playing a bowl game in January and Koontz might not want to wait until then for an offer. He tells me that he’s leaning towards making his decision in December.

Koontz is still making official visits in order to evaluate other programs and campuses. As previously mentioned, he is in Connecticut this weekend and has plans to still visit TCU and Michigan State.

Despite having to go through the recruiting process for the second time after de-committing from Pitt, it’s something he doesn’t regret.

“I still think it was the right thing to do and this has been a good thing,” he said.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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