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We get yet another example of Pitt’s emphasis on recruiting the state of Texas in 2020 as junior tight end Fernando Garza picks up an offer from Tim Salem.
Garza is a big athlete (6’5″, 245) from Katy High School in Katy, Texas with an offer list that includes Houston, Colorado, Kansas, SMU and Virginia Tech.
“Coach Salem asked me to call him and when I did, he told me that I had an offer and also gave me a couple facts about him and his background,” Garza tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I was told that I was one of the first people from Katy to be recruited to the university.”
“Pitt is a great school place to play football, they’ve won 9 National Championships. The offer did surprise me considering Coach Salem hadn’t texted me for a while, then out of nowhere asked me to give him a call.”
Garza is a player that uses his size to his advantage both in creating space for himself from the defender as well as in the run game, as he’s an excellent run blocker. From first glance, he has a skillset similar to former Pitt and current Chicago Bears tight end JP Holtz.
“As a player, I’m a big body that can get out and run routes and I have good hands,” says Garza. “Most colleges are intrigued with my ability to dominate in the trenches and yet be effective in the passing game.”
Now that they’ve offered Garza, the next step for Pitt is to try and get him and the other players from Texas to come up to visit something that the Texas native says he’s open to.
“Distance is always something to discuss, especially with me being close to my family but at the end of the day, I will be going wherever will make me not only better as a football player but as a person.”
Garza already becomes the 11th player in the Class of 2021 to receive an offer from Pitt which is a bit eye-opening considering Pat Narduzzi and his staff have offered a total of 11 players from Texas in the last four recruiting classes.