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A majority of the players attending Pitt’s junior day on Saturday were visiting Pitt for the first time, but that’s not the case with everyone.
Class of 2021 athlete CJ Dippre (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) from Jermyn, Pennsylvania has been a visitor at Pitt a handful of times for camps and a game day visit for the Miami game last fall, but Saturday was an opportunity to further develop his relationship with the Panthers staff.
“Being there [Saturday] was great,” Dippre told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach [Pat] Narduzzi made a point to mention that everyone there were the best of the best and we’re top prospects for Pitt. Also, being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, it was cool to be there and also I was the only tight end that visited yesterday so I got a lot of 1-on-1 time with coach [Tim] Salem. I also talked with Coach Narduzzi, who’s a great guy and Pitt just seems like a great family.
“Coach Salem told me that I’m one of the next guys on their list and affer the spring or going into the fall, I’ll be hearing more from Pitt about an opportunity and hopefully get an offer. I was just happy to get an opportunity to talk and spend some time with the staff. Coach Salem just really made me feel comfortable and it was good to already know him before I went there instead of feeling like I didn’t know anyone.”
Although the topic of an offer didn’t come up, Dippre left Pittsburgh feeling wanted by the staff and will use that as a source of motivation heading into his senior season. At this point, Dippre holds offers from Virginia, Boston College, UConn, Akron, Bowling Green and Kent State.
“Oh, yeah 100%,” he said. “It was so cool being there because it was one of my first times visiting a school for one of their elite days. Coach Salem told me that Coach Narduzzi is always bringing me up because I text him a lot and ask him how he’s doing and how the team is doing. He said that Coach Narduzzi is always repeating and bringing my name up to the staff when I text him because I guess not a lot of guys do. He also told me that I meet all the requirements and check off all the boxes and could be a good player at Pitt and someone that could play all over the place.”
Don’t worry I’ll be back🚫💤https://t.co/chf05zoWA0
— CJ Dippre (@CjDippre) November 11, 2019
Dippre isn’t just a typical tight end. He’s a Swiss Army knife type that plays quarterback, tight end and defensive end for his Lakeland High School team. As far as preference for a position in college, Dippre is open to anywhere and just wants to play.
“I really just want to play football,” he said. “Whether it’s quarterback, tight end on the defensive side of the ball or being the up man on the punt team, I just want to play ball. I’ll do whatever a coach wants and do whatever he tells me to do. It doesn’t really matter to me, I just want to play football.”
It’s pretty obvious that Dippre would love to get that call one day from Narduzzi or Salem telling him that he had an offer to play for the Pitt Panthers.
“That would be huge because they were one of if not the first school to text and contact me,” he said. “Coach Salem was one of the first coaches to come up and talk to me. I loved it at Pitt, I loved being around the coaches. Plus, being such a fan of the Steelers and being at the Rooney Complex everyday it would be an amazing experience.”
New Year=New Achievements💪🏽405-5 squat (video cuts last one but I got it) then after got 415 Straight Bar Deadlift for 11! Getting ready for senior season🏈 pic.twitter.com/VkkzrxzCCq
— CJ Dippre (@CjDippre) January 7, 2020