Pitt hopes that their long search for a tight end is coming to an end soon.
Rutgers grad transfer Nakia Griffin-Stewart told Pittsburgh Sports Now this morning that he recently received an offer from Pitt and will be making a visit the weekend of February 8-10.
Griffin-Stewart has been a leader and character player for the Rutgers over the last few years so was it easy to announce he’s be transferring?
”It was difficult but after doing your years and earning my degree I had a pretty strong relationship with everyone in the building,” said Griffin-Stewart. “The coaches and my teammates were very supportive and their was no bad blood between anyone in the football building. It wasn’t an easy decision but the decision was made easier because of the support I got from everyone at Rutgers and how they all respected what I wanted to do.”
Now that the decision is made, what’s he looking for in his next football home?
”The biggest thing I’m looking for is a place that I can earn my Masters Degree which is something I’ve always had an interest in and I know Pitt is a great school so that’s why they’re high on my list and why I scheduled the visit so quickly,” said Griffin-Stewart.
”As far as the football reasons, it would be nice to showcase my skills in another conference after playing four years in the Big 10. I’m looking for a school with more of a pro-style offense where the tight end is multi-useful.”
Griffin-Stewart has already spoken with Pat Narduzzi, Tim Salem, Mark Whipple and Dave Borbely, who all expressed to him how they envision him fitting in.
“From what they’ve said to me since they started recruiting me, they’re looking for someone that can do it all, meaning someone that can be equally reliable in the run-game as they are in the pass-game,” he said. “They’re looking for someone that they can move around and that they feel confident in.
”I’ve spoken with Coach Salem, Coach Borbely, I spoke with the new offensive coordinator Coach Whipple and a little bit with Coach Narduzzi. All four of them are great coaches, well-seasoned with great resumes. All four have been recruiting me and it’s been a good process over the last week.”
That recruitment will continue when Narduzzi and Salem will travel to New Jersey Tuesday morning to meet face-to-face with Griffin-Stewart.