A big theme over the last week when it comes to Pitt football’s recruiting is one, they’ve offered a bunch of sophomores and secondly, they’ve been the first Power 5 school to offer a handful of players.
Both were the case with a sophomore lineman from Ohio, in fact, the offer from Randy Bates and Pitt was his first D-I offer.
2022 offensive tackle/defensive end Aamil Wagner (6’6″, 240) found out this weekend that his dream of playing college football would be coming true when he received the call from Pitt.
“It really feels amazing,” Wagner told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I grew up in a small town that didn’t have football so I had to transfer to another school in order to play. Where I grew up, it was mainly a soccer school and didn’t have football so my freshman year, my family decided it would be best for me to move to Wayne High School (Dayton) where I could pursue a football career. This moment made me realize that with all the hard work and me wanting to improve myself, that it was worth it and it paid off.”
“Pitt started showing interest in me earlier this year when Coach Bates stopped by our school, we talked and got to know each other. I hadn’t heard from him in a while and then (over the weekend), my coach called me and told me that Coach Bates called him and wanted me to call. I did and that’s when he offered.”
Wagner tells me that Pitt liked his size, versatility and from the tape that the Pitt staff watched, they believe he has a ton of future potential.
“Coach didn’t offer me for a specific position,” said Wagner. “He offered me as an athlete because I play offensive tackle and on the defensive side of the ball too.”
“This offer really motivates me to want to continue to work in order to get better but I want to get better anyways. Hopefully I can do that and more offers will continue to come in.”
That’s exactly what’s happened because since the offer from Pitt and this interview, Wagner received an offer from Kentucky. It should be pointed out that Wagner’s older brother, Ahmad, is a former wide receiver at Kentucky.