Looking over the WPIAL’s junior class of prospects, Josh Rawlings was a name that stood out and made you wonder when would Pitt pull the trigger and extend an offer.
We no longer have to wonder because Tuesday, the talented junior tight end from Woodland Hills received the news from Pat Narduzzi. Rawlings (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) now becomes the fourth local junior to hold an offer from Pitt.
“Coach Narduzzi called me midway through the day,” said Rawlings. “He was talking to me about the new staff that’s there, in particular the new offensive coordinator. He told me how they were looking over my film again and then just offered me.
“He told me how they usually don’t offer local kids unless he’s totally sure because he doesn’t want to retract the offer from them so they wanted to be totally sure before offering kids in Pittsburgh.”
Having been talked about for a while, the fact that he now officially has the Pitt offer is big for Rawlings and he doesn’t take it for granted.
“I called my mom right away after I got off the phone with Coach Narduzzi,” said Rawlings. “I would say it’s relief that I finally got the offer,” said Rawlings. “They’ve been showing interest in me since I was a freshman and now that I have it, I can take a deep breath. For a little bit, I was thinking maybe they wouldn’t offer at all. Now that they did offer, it’s really big for me.
“Getting the offer from the hometown school is big for me because it means I have the opportunity to play football in front of my friends and family at the next level. That means the world to me. I want to do really good for this city because Pittsburgh has a big place in my heart. If I choose to go someplace else, then it is what it is but I would love to play in front of the hometown crowd.”
Rawlings also received an offer from Syracuse on Tuesday, and also holds offers from Virginia, Western Michigan, Toledo, Temple, Ohio, UMass, Kent State, Florida International, East Carolina, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State and Akron.
As far as upcoming spring visits, Rawlings plans to make a trip to Syracuse, Harvard, Yale and Duke. Now that offers are starting to come in, does he have a timeline for when his decision could come?
“I don’t think I have a timeline yet,” said Rawlings. “My family and I have talked about it a little bit and said when I’m ready to make my decision to commit to a college I’ll know. Right now, I don’t think I’m in a position to make that commitment yet but when I feel like I’m ready I’ll do it.”