Pitt’s commitment to recruiting in Virginia has landed them four recruits for their Class of 2021 and more could be on the way.
The Panthers are looking to add a tight end and have been talking with a player from Chesapeake, Virginia.
One of the players on their radar is 2021 3-star tight end Nathan Boerboom (6’5″, 230) from Great Bridge High School. Boerboom holds offers from Pitt, Kansas State, Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Temple, Old Dominion, East Carolina, UConn, Coastal Carolina, Marshall, Buffalo and Appalachian State.
Boerboom has had good communication with the Pitt staff, in fact, he had a conversation on Tuesday with Tim Salem.
“I actually just talked to him like 30 minutes ago and had a good talk,” said Boerboom. “As he usually does, Coach Salem gets right to the point and I like that. That’s a good football coach right there. He’s been sending me lots of information regarding Pitt, like graphs, where the university ranks in the country, pictures of the campus, which is important because of the coronavirus I haven’t had a chance to visit there.”
The perfect scenario would be to make an unofficial or official to schools but since that’s not possible at this point, Boerboom appreciates what Salem and Pitt are doing to get him as familiar with the area and has found it to be helpful.
“I’ve been on a virtual tour and saw the indoor practice facility. One thing that’s stood out to me is, I know that Pitt was linked with the Pittsburgh Steelers but I didn’t now that the players had unlimited practice access. Something like that is vital because he get to see first-hand what you need to and will be doing at the next level. To be able to see something like that every single day, that’s something that you really have to think about as a recruit.”
Because he’s never visited Pitt and other schools, Boerboom and his family are in the middle of driving around the country to see certain schools. Their first stop was to Central Florida and yesterday, Nathan and his family were driving back home after visiting Kansas State.
“We’re actually going to try and travel up to Pittsburgh next week and visit the campus,” said Boerboom. “That’s what I’ve been doing. I went to UCF and K-State. That’s what we do, drive around campus, drive around the city, see the stadiums even if we can’t get in. I just want to put my eyes on things.”
Boerboom is an intriguing prospect because of his size and ability to get down the field and use his athleticism as a mismatch against opposing defenders. Not only is he a threat in the passing game but he can and enjoys battling defenders while blocking in the run game.
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“Our high school team uses the spread offense,” said Boerboom. “However, a lot of times, I’m in on the line and stick my facemask in the defenders shoulder pads and to me, that’s what football is all about. I would say that I’m a modern tight end in the sense that I’m athletic enough to play in the slot but to me, a really good tight end has to have the ability to play in the slot but also get after it at the line of scrimmage. Look at Gronk the best tight end ever, he can line up outside but also get after you at the line. Same with George Kittle, do you see how intense he gets when he’s blocking people? He loves it and so do I, that’s what football is all about.”
Boerboom is actively visiting and learning more about schools that have offered him and are actively recruiting him but what’s his timeline for making a decision?
“Before the coronavirus, I really wanted to have my decision done by August so I could get ready and be prepared for my senior season,” said Boerboom. “Honestly, I think I could finalize things and be ready to make a decision within the next month an half. I’ll probably wait it out a little bit longer but we’ll see.”