For the second time this week, Pat Narduzzi and his program have extended an offer to a rising tight end recruit from SEC country.
Earlier this week, Pitt extended an offer to 2022 tight end Karson Gay from Tennessee. On Friday, an offer from Tim Salem went out to 2022 tight end Max Whisner from Lees Summit, Missouri. In the last three weeks, Whisner has earned offers from Pitt, Kansas State, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. These were Whisner’s first Power 5 offers and surely won’t be his last.
Whisner is a two-sport athlete, as he also plays basketball and currently plays for an elite team, Run GMC. He was on his way to a basketball workout when Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with him to learn more about him and his thoughts on Pitt.
Tim Salem originally reached out Whisner days ago and presented him with some information regarding the Pitt program. That was followed up by Salem letting Eric Thomas, Whisner’s high school coach, that his star tight end/defensive end had another Power 5 offer.
The intriguing part about Whisner for college coaches is the size (6’6″, 240) and athleticism that he brings to the tight end position. Whisner credits the work and improvement that he’s been able to make over the last few months for the reason his recruitment has taken off. He was fortunate to workout and get some advice from a well known name in Missouri, former Tiger and current Denver Broncos starting quarterback Drew Locke.
“I think my size and how I move now is something that coaches like,” said Whisner. “I’ve spend 3-4 months really just cracking down on how I move. I was able to work out with Drew Locke and he was throwing me passes at one point almost every day. I also worked out with Ronnie Bell, a current Michigan commitment. His dad is Aaron Bell, who’s been working with me on my footwork and he’s really helped me on my route running. Defensively, I think I’m a good edge rusher.”
— Max Whisner (@maxwhisner01) May 8, 2020
Whisner says he’s able to play both sides of the ball in college and although he doesn’t have a preference, he believes his future position is at tight end.
“I’m just very humbled by everything that is happening now. I don’t like to brag about anything that I have and what’s happening so I’m just going to keep working as hard as I can.”
Despite being in the heart of SEC country, Whisner says that location or conference won’t factor into his decision. He’s looking for the place that will best develop and utilize his skills. Over the next weeks and months, Whisner is hoping to hear more from Salem and to learn more about the Pitt Panther football program.