Junior college tight end Travis Koontz has a new football home, and it’s not Pitt.
Following his official visit this weekend, Koontz gave the staff at Texas Tech a verbal commitment and he plans on signing with them on Wednesday.
In the end, Koontz decided on Texas Tech, mostly because of the offense and the way they utilize their tight ends.
Pitt was the clear leader for Koontz early on, but watching Pitt this season, he began to question the future use of the tight end in Pitt’s offensive scheme. His visits from the Tim Salem, Shawn Watson and Pat Narduzzi weren’t able to dispel those notions. Koontz sees himself as a pass-catching threat and doesn’t believe those skills will he highlighted in the Panthers’ current offensive scheme.
The question now is where Pitt goes from here to find another tight end to go along with New Jersey commit Jason Collier.
The only current 2019 recruit that holds an offer from Pitt is Brett Seither from Clearwater, Florida. However, despite a few visits from Pat Narduzzi and Rob Harley, Pitt doesn’t appear to be high on his list.
It’s also possible that Pitt decides to move another player to tight end, as they did last year when Kaymar Mimes made the switch from defense to offense, or that the Panthers will look to the graduate transfer market, as they have in each of the last two seasons when adding Matt Flanagan in 2017 and Will Gragg in 2018.