The Pitt football program has been aware of and have been closely monitoring the development of Central Valley junior Sean FitzSimmons.
They were the first college program to start contacting and recruiting him last season. Thursday night, this all culminated in Pitt becoming the first Power 5 program to offer FitzSimmons a scholarship.
Prior to his game tonight against Keystone Oaks, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with FitzSimmons to find out more about the offer and his reaction.
“That offer meant a lot and it was very exciting because it was my first Power 5 offer,” said FitzSimmons. “The fact that it came from the hometown school and made it exciting.”
”Pitt has been sending me a lot of letters recently but when I got home yesterday, Coach Borbely told me to call him at 7:30 PM. Before that, Coach Partridge had me call him and hinted that they were ready to offer me, which they did.”
FitzSimmons (6’3”, 270) officially received the news from Borbely and did so with his parents on the phone call.
”It was a proud and exciting moment to have my parents hear the news with me. It was gratifying and a sign to me that all the work I’ve been putting in is being noticed and is paying off.”
Pitt has been monitoring his development for over a year now. I asked FitzSimmons if an area of his game has improved a lot to allow him to earn that scholarship.
Junior Year First 3 Games Highlights (Hopewell, Blackhawk, and New Castle) – https://t.co/Mu0mYrckE7
— Sean FitzSimmons (@seanfitz50) September 27, 2020
”I recently made a highlight tape of the first 3 games of our season and Pitt said they loved that and after watching it, they knew it was time,” said FitzSimmons. “I believe my footwork has gotten better, I’ve gotten quicker and I’ve added a few more pass rush moves to my game. I’m always trying to learn new stuff to add to my game.”
FitzSimmons anticipates current Central Valley teammate and Pitt commit safety Stephon Hall to turn into a recruiter of him to try and get him to Pitt. He’s only a junior and has plenty of time to make a decision but admits Pitt getting in first is something he’ll remember.
“They were also the first team to ever contact me too so yeah, I think that’ll have some influence.”