New Jersey sophomore lineman Geno VanDeMark made the drive to Pittsburgh today not expecting anything big to happen but that’s not how it worked out.
By the time his visit was over with, VanDeMark left with his first D-1 scholarship offer.
“I received the offer when I was in a meeting room with the offensive line coach (Dave Borbely),” said VanDeMark. “We were going over X’s and O’s. He brought up my quick feet and my lateral movement, my overall play and said that’s why we’re going to offer you a scholarship offer.”
“I didn’t expect to get an offer and really I don’t really expect anything out of anyone. I just wanted to come up, have a good time, wanted to meet the staff, see the campus and luckily it worked out in my favor.”
The first thing that VanDeMark wants to do is call his mom to tell her that they wouldn’t have to be paying for him to go to college.
“I’m waiting a little before I call her to surprise her but I don’t know how that’s going to work out because my brother is home (and knows the big news).”
VanDeMark (6’6″, 300) attends St. Joseph High School in Montvale, New Jersey and has been hearing from Pitt since October.
“Pitt coaches first came to my school a few months ago to see other people. While they weren’t permitted to officially talk to me yet, they let me know that they stopped by,” said VanDeMark. “Then, they contacted my coach to arrange for me to come down for a visit and here I am.”
“As far as what stood out on the visit, I didn’t expect that sort of architecture and for the Pitt campus to be so beautiful. It was so nice. With the football staff, they have such a family atmosphere there. I was brought into the offensive staff meeting and all the coaches were like ‘Geno, what’s up Geno, the whole staff said my name and treated me so friendly. I felt very welcome there.”