For the second time in the last couple of days, Pitt becomes the first Power Five school to offer a 2020 athlete.
Over the weekend, 3-star Georgia defensive end Jordan Mitchell received the news from Archie Collins and then last night, Florida athlete Dexter Rentz Jr. got word from Tim Salem that Pitt was offering him a scholarship.
Rentz Jr (5’11”, 170), who attends Ocoee High School, also holds offers from schools such as UConn, Kent State, Liberty, Toledo, Tulsa and South Florida but Pitt is his first offer from a Power Five school.
This afternoon, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Rentz Jr to get his thoughts on Pitt and to find out more about him.
“I’m very excited about the offer from Pitt,” said Rentz Jr. “I was talking with Coach Salem and we were talking about how many offers I had and he said you can add another one from Pitt. Getting that first Power Five offer is something that I’ve been working very hard for and I’ve been praying every night for. When it finally came, I was very happy and actually ecstatic about it. It’s nice but I know that I need to keep working hard.”
Rentz Jr. has never been to Pittsburgh before but plans on making a visit sometime this summer. While he doesn’t have any first hand knowledge about the program, he does know incoming Pitt freshman Brandon Hill.
“I like Pitt a lot. I have a friend that’s attending Pitt (Brandon Hill). Before I got the offer, he’s been telling me about the school and the stadium and stuff like that. It’s cool now that I do have an offer from them.
“I’m an athlete and I can do anything,” said Rentz Jr. “They told me that they’re recruiting me as an athlete because I have offer from other schools to play wide receiver and defensive back. However, most schools are just telling me that they’re recruiting me as an athlete.”
Earlier this year, Pitt offered a scholarship to Rentz’s teammate Lovie Jenkins. Like Rentz Jr. Jenkins was offered as an athlete and he holds offers form Duke, Louisville, Minnesota, Notre Dame, South Florida, Central Florida and Vanderbilt.