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It was a big week for Pitt offering quarterbacks. After making offers to three sophomores, the Panthers closed out the week by extending an offer to junior quarterback Hamp Fay from Fort Worth, Texas.
Despite not having a ton of game action, Fay (6’5″, 215) is a three-star recruit with offers from Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Liberty and Princeton and tells PSN he got the call and news from Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
“During the fall, Coach Salem came to our school and had a chance to meet him. We talked and he really liked my film and told me he’d be back in the spring and would bring ack Coach Whipp,” said Fay. “Then in January, Coach Whipple came down and I was able to talk to him and we talked some ball. He then followed that up with another visit a week or so later and we talked more. Then I officially got the news (yesterday) that they were offering me a full scholarship to Pitt which is really exciting. We were talking and I kind of sensed it coming but I was really, really excited when I officially heard it from them.”
“I like they see me as a really good fit for what they need because I’m a player with a good arm, good feet and makes good decisions. They run a pro-style offense, which is a bit different from what we run at our high school, but I’m working a lot with my high school coaches on five and seven step drops to get better.”
Fay describes the strengths of his game as his strong arm and says despite his size he has the ability to move around and make plays on the run. He credits his escapability and playmaking to the fact that he was a starting wide receiver his sophomore season while also serving as the teams backup quarterback.
It should be pointed out that after his sophomore season, Fay transferred to All Saints Episopal High School in Fort Worth and was only able to play three games last season because of a labrum tear. The fact that Fay is receiving Power Five offers despite having very little game film to present to college teams speaks of his talent level and what teams think of his potential.
Junior season ended too early. All three non-dist opponents playing for TAPPS state titles. Good luck to them! https://t.co/jUBIicxJW9
— Hamp Fay (@HampFay12) December 2, 2019
This is an interesting offer from Pitt’s perspective because they didn’t take a quarterback in their Class of 2020 and despite having offered other junior quarterbacks, the others are either committed already or haven’t had much communication from the Pitt staff. Fay now jumps to the top in terms of junior quarterbacks on Pitt’s recruiting board.
“I like that they play at Heinz Field and share facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers which is really cool,” Fay tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Whipple told me that at times, they’d be out there practicing the same time as the Steelers. I could get the chance to talk with Ben (laughing), which is pretty cool. Also, at Pitt you’d be getting one of the top educations in the country.”
“Distance from home won’t play a factor in my decision. If a school from Australia offered me and they had a top notch program, I would go there. It doesn’t bother me going from home. My dad is a pilot and is able to help me travel from city to city, which helps a lot. I’ve never been there but I hear Pittsburgh is a great city and I really want to get up there and experience it.”