Starting this weekend and over the next month, the Pitt football program will begin hosting various prospect camps at their football facility.
This has proven to be beneficial for the Panthers for a couple of reasons: 1) some of the players that attend already hold offers from Pitt. 2) some of the players that attend are ones that Pitt are on the fence about offering and have an opportunity to work these players out for themselves. A lot of times, players earn scholarships from Pitt after impressing the coaches.
One player that will be in attendance this weekend also stopped by the Pitt facilities Tuesday afternoon to spend some time with the staff.
Aakeem Snell is a talented junior athlete from Penn Hills that’s been talked a lot over the last year. At this point, he holds offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, UMass, Toledo and William & Mary.
Last night, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Snell to find out about yesterday and his thoughts on attending Pitt’s camp this weekend.
“I actually went down today with my teammate Tony Grimes (2020 athlete) after he asked me to come down with him,” said Snell. “I also received a previous invite from Coach Karlo. As far as my talks with them, I’ve talked with Coach Sanders and their defensive backs coach (Archie Collins) a couple of times. Hopefully, I’ll talk with them a lot more this weekend when I come on Sunday.”
“Today was nice because I had the chance to watch the Steelers OTAs and at the same time watch the Pitt coaches work their players out. Overall just being around everything today, it was a really good experience.”
Snell also found out where he stood with Pitt as far as a possible scholarship.
“They’d like to see me run a 4.6 or better this weekend at their camp. Prior to this, I was getting recruited as a wide receiver but now they’re looking at me as a defensive back,” said Snell.
An offer is definitely within reach and Snell wants to take full advantage of it.
”I feel as though an offer is within reach for me. I’ve been working so hard this off-season to get my 40-time down so it would be so nice to get an offer from Pitt,” said Snell.
“An offer would mean so much to me. Knowing that I had the chance to stay home and play football in the area that I grew up in would be so nice.”