So far this year, the Pitt football coaches have been very aggressive in getting highly rated recruits to make early visits to watch the team’s spring practices which get underway tomorrow morning.
The latest visitor that Pittsburgh Sports Now has been able to confirm is offensive lineman Chris Mayo.
Mayo (6’5″, 325) is a 4-star recruit from The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. 247 Sports ranks Mayo as one of the top 15 guards in the country with offers from Pitt, Auburn, Arizona State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
“The Pitt coaches have been talking to me regularly,” Mayo told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “A member of the coaching staff texts me on a daily basis. They’ve already been to my school three or four times to see me, including Coach Narduzzi twice. I seem to be a high priority recruit for them so I plan on coming up to see them this month.”
“The aggressive way in which they’ve recruited me has been very humbling. For the head coach to contact me on a regular basis is a big deal because head coaches have a bunch to do and are always busy. For him to take the time to contact me and make visits to my school is a big deal to me.”
The fact that Mayo is taking the time to drive to Pittsburgh for a visit is a big deal to Pitt which has some things that interest him.
“I’ve always liked Pitt a lot,” said Mayo. “They’re a really good ACC school and they seem to always give the best teams a run for their money. People always seem to sleep on Pitt and a lot of times, they find a way to come up big. Pitt as a school is very interesting to me in general because they have a long history of producing great running backs, lineman and players in general.”
Mayo tells me that his versatility is something that college programs really like about him. He has the capability to play either left tackle, left guard, right guard or right tackle.
With his 4-star ranking, Mayo is getting plenty of interest from other programs but Pitt is a school that’s in the mix for his services.
“I just got back from an unofficial to Purdue and I really liked the visit,” said Mayo. “Auburn, Nebraska and Pitt are high for me. Other than that, I’m still trying to come up with a top 10.”