You know what they say about first impressions.
Well, Pat Narduzzi and Pitt will have the opportunity to make a positive one on 3-star offensive tackle Christian Mahogany.
The talented guard from New Jersey is in Pittsburgh for what will be his first college official visit.
Moments after landing at Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Sports Now talked to Mahogany about this important weekend.
Since it’s his visit, what sorts of things will he be looking for and what questions will he have for the Pitt staff?
”This is my first official visit so it should be special,” said Mahogany. “I’ve never been on one of these before. I never thought I’d get to experience something like this. It really feels great to be here.
”I’m just going to ask a lot of questions. My coach who was in the league and played at Virginia, gave me a lot of insight into what to ask. The main thing he told me to ask is how is their alumni support, which is big to me. I’m also going to ask about their business school, which I’ve heard is very good. It should be a fun weekend.”
For months, Mahogany has been hearing from the coaches about Pittsburgh, the campus and the football program thru phone calls and text messages. Now he’ll be able to see everything for himself.
“It should be fun. I haven’t been to Pitt since my sophomore year and this will be my first actual visit. When I was here before, it was for a football camp. It should be interesting now looking at it from the perspective of a player they’re actually recruiting.”
While he’s here, Mahogany will be joined by his mother who will no doubt be a valuable resource when it comes time to make a decision.
“My mom has always told me that this will be my decision,” said Mahogany. “She said she’ll have an opinion but isn’t going to push me one way or the other and to a school that I don’t want to. She’s never been to Pitt so it should be a good time.”
In the end, it’s looking like Mahogany’s decision could come down to Pitt and Rutgers. Does he feel any internal pressure to stay home and play for the hometown school?
”First of all, I was actually raised in Georgia and I live in Jersey now so Georgia is my home. Rutgers has been there for me for years now though. But I don’t feel any pressure. Some kids do to stay in the home state but I won’t feel that pressure when it comes time to decide.”