The Pitt football program went into Canada last year to land commitments from Jared Wayne and Liam Dick.
They’ve started the process of recruiting another Canadian born athlete by hosting him for an unofficial visit.
2021 quarterback Christian Veilleux (6’4”, 190) spent the day in Pittsburgh on Friday visiting with the coaches and taking a tour of the Pitt facilities and campus.
Veilleux was born in Ontario, Canada but moved to Buffalo, New York last season. He currently attends Canisius High School, the same high school of former Panther Qadree Ollison.
Despite being so young and having limited visibility from college programs, Veilleux already holds offers from Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
This was Veilleux’s first visit to Pittsburgh and as far as first impressions go, Pat Narduzzi and company appeared to have done a nice job.
”I’ve mostly been talking with Coach Tim Salem and that started at the middle of last season,” said Veilleux. “We’ve been texting and calling each other but finally got the chance to hook up and come down for a visit.”
”I had a great feeling about the visit. I was able to see the facilities and the weight room which were very nice. I like the part where they share everything with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which I thought was very cool. I also got to visit the campus and the Cathedral which was outstanding. I really loved that. The whole feel of the campus was very nice, especially having the feel of downtown Pittsburgh.”
“I tried to go into the visit with an open mind. After seeing everything on the football side, visiting the campus and spending time with the coaches, I left feeling with a good feeling and a favorable impression of Pitt.”
Another big part of the visit for Veilleux was spending time with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Veilleux tells me he talked with him for 45 minutes and was impressed by Whipple’s knowledge of the game and openness for where he sees he sees him potentially fitting in with Pitt.
Veilleux also told me he was able to meet and talk with Ollison, someone he’s gotten to know via text messages over the last year.