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It’s pretty unusual for Slippery Rock University to benefit the Pitt football program in recruiting, but it’s happening this spring.
Oliver Gauthier was a three-year starting wide receiver for Slippery Rock from 1987-90. Thirty years later, his football genes have passed thru his family and his son is now a heavily recruited player.
Colten Gauthier (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is a four-star quarterback for Hebron Academy in Dacula, Georgia with an impressive list of offers which includes Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Gauthier, who’s rated as one of the top 15 junior quarterbacks in the country, is in the process of determining his spring visits and has decided to make a visit to Western Pennsylvania to check out Pitt. Part of the reason for the visit is the experience his dad had while at Slippery Rock.
”My dad has told me how important football is to that part of the country,” Gauthier said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Pitt is a really good offer. They have a great tradition of football and a history of quarterbacks.
“The Pitt coaches told me I play in a great football state with tough competition and at a high level and that I would be a great fit for the city of Pittsburgh.”
Although he hasn’t finalized the exact date for his visit, Gauthier told PSN it will happen in April and already has things he’ll be looking for and asking about.
“When I do get a chance to visit, I would love to see the city and Heinz Field,” says Gauthier. “I want to sit-down with the coaches and talk about the offense and see the Pitt facilities.”
Pitt is just one of many visits that Gauthier will make this spring. He tells us that every school that’s offered is staying in constant communication with him and is also hearing from Auburn, Clemson and Georgia as well.
“I am really looking for a good offensive, culture and family fit plus one where I have good relationship with the coaching staff,” Gauthier said. “My playing style is a physically tough, mentality tough gunslinger with a big arm with the ability to run.”