Athletes receiving D-I scholarship offers feel many different emotions ranging from joy, excitement, relief and even disbelief, which was the case with a junior from Virginia.
On Tuesday, 2021 Stafford, Virginia defensive back Shawn Asbury got a call from Chris Beatty, who told him Pitt was offering him a scholarship. This was huge for Asbury as it was his first Power Five offer.
PSN caught up with Asbury who talks about what the offer means to him and a trip he’s already scheduled to visit Pitt.
“I’ve been hearing from them for a while,” Asbury tells PSN. “I actually met Coach Beatty when I was in 9th grade when he was at Maryland. We’ve been able to build a pretty good relationship. We talked for a while and he told me that the DB coaches at Pitt love me and that they wanted to offer me. I then talked to Coach Sanders who told me that it seems like I have a lot of football knowledge.”
“At first, I couldn’t believe that Pitt offered me. Once it happened, I immediately told my mom and posted the news on Twitter. It was my first Power Five offer so I couldn’t believe that it actually happened. This is huge for me and I believe it will open up the eyes of other programs because I’ve had a lot of schools in contact with me over the last 24 hours.”
Asbury says that some of those schools that have reached out to him are Virginia, Duke, Virginia Tech, Temple, Penn State, Army and Boston College.
“The coaches I talk to like my athleticism, I’m actually getting recruited at different positions by certain schools. Defensively, coaches like the way that I tackle and cover. Offensively, they like the fact that I’m capable of playing multiple positions (running back and wide receiver).”
Asbury tells me that Pitt offered him as a safety and that he’s looking forward to getting to know more about the Panthers program when he makes a visit later this month.
“I know that Pitt has some great coaches and I’m looking forward to getting up there. I’m going to take a visit up there on March 20,” says Asbury. “I like that Pitt was the first Power Five school to offer and that they’ve shown me a lot of love. They were the first Power Five school to believe in me so I’m going to try and build that trust factor with them, build that bond and we’ll see where that leads.”