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TE Travis Koontz Talks About Visit With Pitt’s Tim Salem

TE Travis Koontz Talks About Visit With Pitt’s Tim Salem

The first recruiting trip that a member of Pitt’s staff made this week was to tight end Travis Koontz.

Tight ends coach Tim Salem flew to California in Sunday and spent the day with Koontz at Ventura College.

Koontz was a previous member of Pitt’s Class of 2019 before de-committing in October. The reason for that decision was due to his concern about the current usage of the tight end in Pitt’s offense.

This morning, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Koontz about the visit and if his concerns about the offense have been addressed and if he’s comfortable with what he’s hearing from Pitt.

“It was awesome that he came out to see me,” said Koontz. “I pretty much did my regular stuff and he just came with me. I was walking around campus, got lunch and he was just with me. We talked a lot as we walked across campus.”

While spending the day talking, I asked Koontz if Salem said anything to lessen his previous concern about the role of the tight end in Pitt’s current offense?

“No. Yesterday while we were talking and I’m not sure Coach Salem realized it but all he kept talking about was how effective I’d be in the run game,” Koontz said. ”They’ve only talked about the tight end in the passing game when I ask about it. When they’re just talking, it’s just about the tight end in the run scheme. I’m just like, I don’t know, I don’t know. I just have to shake my head a bit.”

Koontz doesn’t seem any more decided after the visit.

“Yes, I like that Coach Salem was here but didn’t like all the talk about the run scheme. I don’t know, he said. ”That talk effects my thoughts a bit and then Georgia called me back and are pretty sure their tight end is going to leave (NFL Draft), so we set up an official visit for the 14th.”

Koontz went on to talk about the official visit he just returned from over the weekend to UConn.

“They were just showing me how they use their tight ends and their tight end scheme from this year,” he said. “All that opened my eyes because they have a tight end scheme that they used this year where they throw to the tight end a ton.”

“Then they (Pitt) comes on Monday and just talk about the tight end and the run scheme and it being run heavy.”

Pitt will continue to pursue Koontz and he said that Pat Narduzzi plans to make a visit to see him next week.

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Keith
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Shows our offense will continue to be one dimensional. You can’t win championships if you’re not balanced a bit. You can have a power run game and be able to throw it. Many teams do….get a new OC that can implement a new system.

Bernie Blystone
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Bernie Blystone

Heck, He de-collitted because he wanted to catch some balls… and Salem tries to get him back to PITT by telling him the TEs are going to block for the run game…DAH

Terrence Otoole
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Terrence Otoole

there’s no way he’s coming to pitt what a terrible sales pitch to this kid this staff is clueless

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SantaCruzer

Assuming that what Koontz had to say about the visit is reasonably accurate, that might have been the most depressing recruiting article I’ve ever read. Not because Koontz de-committed and still doesn’t know what he’ll do, but because our “pitch” might have been the dumbest thing I’ve heard in years. The kid TELLS us that he de-committed because of how we use the TE’s (aka we don’t use them in the passing game at all) and then we fly all the way to CA to tell him about how he will fit in our running game. Amazing. What’s next? Salem… Read more »

Dubble A
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Dubble A

Get Salem off the recruiting trail now or send him to visit the O-line prospects. Good grief man, you do remember why Koontz decomitted, yes?

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Regdee
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Regdee

So should Salem lie to recruits? If Pitt’s plan is to throw to TEs maybe 3-5 times a game, but run the ball 25+ snaps each game, I would expect Salem to tell recruits that. If that’s the case, a TE should expect to have to block at least 25 times a game and ought to be comfortable with that. Salem shouldn’t be telling a TE recruit that he’ll get a dozen targets per game if that isn’t true. I think everyone agrees our offense needs to evolve to become more pass oriented so that we have better balance —… Read more »

Michael Morris
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Michael Morris

Exactly right, if they lie to him he may wind up storming off the field midseason like the other TE. Another thing to consider is maybe Travis is a little too ambitious about his pass catching abilities at the next level.

DL
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DL

Salem is so out of touch and after reading this it all makes sense as to why Pitt is just slightly above average year after year.

Section 122
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Section 122

Unreal!

That’s all I can say.

Richard Johnson
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Richard Johnson

Pitt will never get a threat with this sales pitch and Shawn Watson as OC. Why does Naz continue to employ Watson? Terrible play caller, no diversity.

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