A new name has entered the picture for Pitt in their hunt for a quarterback for the Class of 2020.
Monday night, Mark Whipple extended an offer to Mason Garcia (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Garcia was flying under the radar until a recent performance at a Rivals skill camp, where he showed off his big-time right arm. That showing immediately hit him an offer from Missouri.
Pitt became his second Power Five offer after his phone conversation with Whipple. After he got the news from Pitt, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Garcia to get his immediate thoughts.
“Pitt’s been in contact with me for a little bit now, said Garcia. “First, I heard from their recruiting coordinator and then I got texts from Coach Whip. After texts, we started communicating over the phone and that’s when he told me that he wanted me to visit. After texting a lot last week, he told me to give him a call tonight and that’s when he offered. Now it’s time for me to get down there.
”My arm is what gets me noticed but I guess my ability to extend plays is starting to get noticed but I’m noticed for my arm strength.”
While Garcia doesn’t know a ton yet about Pitt, one thing he’s familiar with is freshman quarterback Davis Beville.
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The two have been training together with for the last couple seasons under the tutelage of Ramon Robinson and the RRElite QB Academy in Greenville, South Carolina.
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“Since working together, I’ve kind of looked at him as a big brother,” Garcia said. “We have a lot in common, working out together and having the same quarterback coach. I think we’re both known as pro-style quarterbacks that can sit in the pocket and deliver it. I guess our games are pretty similar but I’m sure we have some minor differences.”
Garcia doesn’t plan on wasting anytime making a trip to Pittsburgh. This month, he plans on making visits to Syracuse (around June 20), Pitt (around June 22) and then to Missouri (before the end of the month).