The Pitt coaches are hoping getting in early will help them land a talented junior from Ohio.
Back in April, Archie Collins and Pitt were the first Power 5 program to offer Class of 2022 three-star quarterback Drew Allar from Medina High School in Medina, Ohio.
Despite interest from a number of major programs, the Panthers remain his only Power 5 offer with others from Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo. Allar told Pittsburgh Sports Now that since Sept. 1, he’s also hearing from Cincinnati, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern.
Following his teams practice on Tuesday night as they prepare for the first round of the Ohio state playoffs, PSN caught up with Allar, who told us that the Pitt program continues to pursue him more than any other school, which he is impressed with.
”On Sept. 1, I woke up and a lot of programs texted me but Pitt had four coaches text me, Coach Narduzzi, Coach Whipple, Coach Collins and Coach Wilbert all texted me,” said Allar. “Then over this last month and a half, I’ve really been able to stay in touch with them through text messages. They’ve also sent me a lot of information about their football team and Pitt as a university. This information has been very valuable.”
“The first two weeks in September, I got five letters a day from Pitt. I was really appreciative of that and believe they view me in a very high way which is a positive for both of us. I’m high on Pitt and their program and as a university. I’m very impressed with the way they’ve recruited me since September 1.”
@medinaathletics Touchdown! It’s the Drew to Drew Connection (Allar to Hensley) from 15yds. XP good. @SolonAthletics lead cut to 20-17. 9:26, 4Q. #CometsvsBees @FOX8FNTD @BrownsYouthFB pic.twitter.com/DLK3KH2NL1
— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) October 3, 2020
This season for Medina High School, Allar (6-foot-5, 215 pounds), who’s in his second full year as a starter, has completed 133 of 245 passes (55%) for 1,637 yards and 16 TD passes. Whipple and the Pitt coaches have let him know that they believe he’d be a perfect fit for their offensive system.
“I think I’m a pocket passer first. I’ll sit back in the pocket and I won’t just run to run,” said Allar. “I’ll drop back and am able to get the ball out quick and deliver it where it needs to be. I can also improvise on the run if protection breaks down or if the defensive makes a good call or nobody is open.
19/33, 305 passing yards, 4Tds + another great team win last night 61-6, time to build off it and carry it into next week!
Check out this video! https://t.co/t9veqHas8j
— Drew Allar (@AllarDrew) September 19, 2020
”I have the ability to use my legs to pick up some positive yards if needed and get us out of a bad situation. I also believe that my football IQ has improved over the last year from sitting down with my high school coaches and watching a lot of film.”
Pitt received their first commitment for the Class of 2022 last week from defensive back Aveon Grose from Mansfield, Ohio. Does Allar have an idea of when he’d like to make his college decision?
”Right now, I’m just focused on our high school season as we’re in the first round this weekend,” he said. “In terms of a decision, I think it’ll be in the summer and I definitely want to make a decision before my senior season starts. So, I’m guessing early summer unless I completely fall in love with a school.”