Pitt’s on a mini-run of making offers to sophomore quarterbacks.
The first one went to New Jersey’s Peter Delaportas, followed by Ohio’s Drew Allar and then Henry Belin from Oradell, New Jersey received a Pitt offer Wednesday night.
It was significant news for Allar (Medina, Ohio) because it was his first offer from a Power 5 program.
Pitt’s trying to make an impression early because the sophomore’s recruitment is likely to skyrocket soon. Allar recently made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame and is receiving interest from Ohio State, Michigan, Northwestern, Kentucky and Boston College.
Pittsburgh Sports Now talked with the Ohio native Wednesday evening about receiving the offer from Pitt and his overall recruitment.
“After my basketball game on Tuesday, I had missed 2 calls from my head coach, Coach Laird, so I called him back when I got back in the car with my parents,” said Allar. “He told me he was going to forward [coach Archie] Collins phone number to me and that I needed to call him. After about a 10 minute phone call, Coach Collins told me he was going to offer me a scholarship and he wants me to make it up to campus for spring practice this year.
“I’m obviously really happy about receiving my first Power 5 offer because not many kids have the opportunity to play at a Power 5 school so it is really a humbling experience and makes me want to work even harder now.”
— Drew Allar (@AllarDrew) November 14, 2019
Although Pitt made the offer official this week, they’ve been showing interest in Allar for months, so the news didn’t come as a total surprise.
“Coach Collins stopped by my school in early December and told me to keep working hard and they will be back in contact in the spring,” said Allar. “He said that the coaches at Pitt really like my game film and told me they were going to offer me. I was surprised that they offered me this early.\
”I was thinking if a Power 5 team was going to offer me this year it would be when I was at their camp or a spring practice so I was really happy Pitt offered me this early in my recruiting process. Also, Coach Narduzzi stopped in to see me after a basketball practice and just wanted to introduce himself to me and start building our relationship.”
“It’s very cool and humbling to be the second quarterback offered by Pitt in the class of 2022. It means a lot to me that they think that much of me as a sophomore and want me to be part of their program.”
This past season, Allar (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) started a handful of games for Medina High School and finished the year with 1,802 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 296 rushing yards and 3 rushing yards.
”This offseason I am working hard on footwork, throwing mechanics, speed, acceleration, and strength,” said Allar. “As for my strengths, I believe I have the arm strength to make any throw on the field and throw it accurately. My leadership and my knowledge of the offense is also a strength of mine. I love to study film and the game plan but more importantly love seeing my teammates be successful.”
Allar hasn’t made his first visit to Pitt but plans on attending a spring practice or their spring game.