With the amount of talent that it produces on a yearly basis, Texas is a state that the Pitt football program is looking to tap into for future players.
This newfound commitment has already resulted in a 2021 commitment from quarterback Nate Yarnell (Austin, TX) and the Panther staff is hoping to get more this year and for years to come.
The latest player from the “Lone Star” state that Pitt is showing interest in is 2021 3-star cornerback Chase Lowery (6’0″, 180) from Frisco High School in Frisco, Texas. In fact, Randy Bates informed Lowery last evening that Pitt was extending him an offer to go along with others he’s received from Arizona, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Michigan State, Oregon State, Purdue, Texas Tech and Washington State.
“The first time I heard from Pitt was on Tuesday,” Lowery told Pittsburgh Sports Now this afternoon. “I heard from Coach Bates and he told me that he was very impressed after watching my film and was going to pass it along to Coach Collins, the cornerbacks coach. He said from what I’ve watched, you’d be a great fit at Pitt and we’d like to offer you but we have to run it past the head man (Pat Narduzzi).”
“I kept in contact with him after that, as he kept sending me virtual tours of Pitt and then yesterday, he told me to call him and that’s when they offered. I was initially surprised but also very excited about the offer. I was surprised because most of the schools that have been in contact or offered have been from schools that are near Texas.”
Lowery tells PSN that Pitt has been aggressive in sending him virtual tours of Pittsburgh, the campus and the football facilities because Bates told him that they’ll no visits in June by recruits and that could extend to July as well. The Pitt staff told him they want to get him as much information and as good a feel for Pitt as possible so that he’ll give them serious consideration.
“One thing that really impressed me was how their facility was connected with and that Pitt practices on the same field as the Pittsburgh Steelers. That was cool,” said Lowery.
Location of a school is sometimes a factor in whether a player seriously considers a schools. I asked Lowery his stance on that and would that matter to him?
“No, not really, it doesn’t really matter where the school is at,” said Lowery. “As of right now, I really only have two in-state offers that I’m considering and the rest are all out of state. This is something that my dad and I have talked about.”
Despite naming a top 11 a week ago (Iowa State, Washington State, Memphis, Purdue, Houston, Oregon State, Arizona, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Hawaii), Lowery tells me that his recruitment is still open and that Pitt is a consideration. Right now, the plan is to start making visits as soon as it’s permitted and to make a college decision by August or September.