Tim Salem has been spending a lot of time the last few months recruiting in the New York/New Jersey area. That recruiting led him to offer a junior with ties to Western Pennsylvania.
2020 tight end Steven Mahar Jr. (6’6″, 225) from Rochester, New York received the news yesterday about the offer from Pitt. The 3-star recruit now holds offers from Boston College, UConn, Indiana, Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple.
“I kind of had a feeling that the offer was going to be coming,” Mahar Jr. told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I was at Pitt for a visit late March/early April and met the entire staff and toured the campus. I got the offer from Coach Salem who I’ve developed a good relationship with leading up to this offer. He’s a great guy and from the practice I watched, seems like someone with a very upbeat, high energy coaching style and I like that.”
“Coach Salem was here on Monday. I was working out, he recorded it and told me he was going to send it to Coach Whipple and told him that he believed that I had the ability to play at Pitt and help them win. A little while later, my coach let me know that Pitt had extended the offer to me. Of course I was happy and so was my family including some of my family that lives in the Monroeville area. This Pitt offer means a lot to me and my family.”
Mahar tells me that his aunt lives there and he makes three or four visits to Pittsburgh a year and loves the city atmosphere.
Mahar has the frame and athletic ability to play either defensive end or tight end, which is the position Pitt is recruiting him for.
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“When I play the game, I play hard all the time and hard on every play,” said Mahar. “Things might not always go my way but so what, I’m always going to play hard and give 100% effort. Coaches are telling me that they like my length and the way I move on the field. They always say that I have something that other tight ends don’t and that’s the way I move out there.”
Mahar tells me that he’s in the process of lining up visits for the summer.