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Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has spent the first few days of this open recruiting period recruiting down South and his biggest target has been 3-star quarterback Tate Rodemaker (Valdosta, Georgia).
Whipple’s first recruiting trip this off-season was to have an in-home visit with Rodemaker and his parents on Monday. The two sides will be seeing each very soon as Rodemaker will make his official visit to Pitt this weekend.
This was the second face-to-face meeting between the two sides as Whipple traveled to Georgia at the beginning of November and officially extended him an offer to Pitt.
“Coach Whipple came to see me on Monday and he just talked about how much they need me up there and also talked about what he’s done in his career,” Rodemaker told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “We talked about a lot of things but nothing really major. I’m going to visit there this weekend and he told me that I’m going to love it. We talked about their relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers and how they have the best stuff and how the fans in Pittsburgh love football.”
Pitt along with schools like Virginia Tech and Utah have come in late on this strong armed quarterback but they’re doing their best to let the Georgia native know how much they want him.
“Yeah, they’ve (Pitt) been recruiting me really hard and send me pictures everyday and are telling me what they’re doing. Pitt is probably recruiting me the hardest right now out of all the teams I have offers from and I can tell that they really want and need me up there. That can play a big role in where I decide to go.”
Rodemaker has already made official visits to both South Florida and Virginia Tech so unless he decides to take another one, Pitt will get the last chance to impress him on his visits. Since this will be his first trip to Pittsburgh, what will Rodemaker be looking at or focusing on this coming weekend?
“I know that I’m going to kind of compare it to visits that I’ve been on so far,” said Rodemaker. “I want a good academic school first and then I want to have nice facilities and I can’t wait to see the stadium, I hear it’s awesome. This visit is really going to be about comparing it to other schools.”
Rodemaker plans on making his decision in December and tells me that he’s completely wide open and no decision has been made.
“No, I haven’t made up my mind at all and really don’t have any leaders.