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Pitt’s current quarterback depth chart is set for the next couple of seasons with Kenny Pickett, Joey Yellen, Davis Beville and Nick Patti, but the Panthers didn’t take a freshman in the Class of 2020, so they’re out looking for their next quarterback of the future.
With that in mind, the Pitt staff has extended their first two offers to quarterbacks in the Class of 2022. In the last 48 hours, sophomores Drew Allar and Peter Delaportas officially received offers from members of the Panthers staff.
For Allar, it was his first Power Five offer but that’s not the case with Delaportas as he also holds offers from Boston College, Kentucky, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Temple.
Delaportas (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), who’s from Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey, received the news over the phone on Tuesday from Tim Salem.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Delaportas Tuesday night to talk about Pitt and the string of Power Five offers he’s received lately despite only being a sophomore.
“My coaches are really helping me a lot with this and are doing a good job of keeping me humble along with my dad,” said Delaportas. “Honestly, I’ve been training for this moment and to see this offers coming in and the attention I’m receiving it’s very humbling.
“College coaches tell me that they really like my arm and my ability to move around in the pocket. I’m pretty good at scrambling around to make plays.”
Despite not being the first to officially offer him, Pitt was one of the first schools to show interest in Delaportas after his freshman season when they invited him to an elite prospects camp last summer on the South Side. From all accounts, he was one of the standout performers and that helped lead to his Pitt offer.
“That Pitt camp was the first college camp that I ever went to and I remember that Pitt’s facilities were great,” said Delaportas. “On Monday, my coach called me from my class and I went outside and talked with Coach Salem who gave me the offer. He told me that they really liked my film and liked me as a person and a quarterback.”
— Pittsburgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) February 12, 2020
With all this attention he’s receiving, Delaportas plans on making some unofficial visits this spring and tells PSN that he plans on making a return visit to Pittsburgh sometime this spring. In the mean time, the sophomore knows he can get better as a quarterback and plans on putting in the work this off-season to do that.
“My main focus is to be a better leader as a player. Along with that, I know that still have to work on improving my craft as a quarterback by working on my throws, working on my footwork and trying to improve on my speed.”