Despite recruiting it hard over the last few seasons, Pitt hasn’t received any benefits in terms of commitments from Michigan.
They’ll have a shot this year as one of that state’s top defensive lineman has named Pitt as a finalist. On Wednesday, 2020 three-star defensive end Bryce Austin released a Top Five that included Pitt.
— BRYCE AUSTIN (@bryce9austin) May 1, 2019
This couldn’t have been an easy decision, considering the fact that Austin has 29 offers and excluded teams such as Louisville, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Syracuse, West Virginia and Washington State.
”What set these teams apart from others schools was my relationship with the coaches,” Austin told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “That’s going to be a big thing for the school that I eventually go to. The other thing is the potential playing time that these schools can have for me.
“This was kind of hard to do because of some of the relationships I developed with some of these coaches after they offered. But at the end, you have to do what’s best for you. When making my decision, I talked with my mom and told her that these were the schools that were best for me.”
Austin has been able to visit Pitt twice over the last few months which factored into them making the cut.
”I was able to sit down with (defensive line coach Charlie) Partridge and (head coach Pat) Narduzzi and actually had a conversation about me possibly coming to Pitt,” Austin said. “I also talk to Archie Collins all the time. When I talk to them, it’s not always about football. I feel like I can talk to them about anything.”
Austin added that he originally planned on making his final decision on Signing Day, but that’s changed. He’s now not setting a date and can make a decision anytime between now and Signing Day.
”Whenever I get the feeling that it’s right, I’ll do it.”