Being on the football field this season has given high school players across the country the opportunity to showcase their skills in the hopes of earning a college scholarship.
The chance to play has resulted in players earning that first scholarship, which was the case with Florida sophomore wide receiver Bryson Rodgers, who got the special news from Rob Harley and Pitt.
The rising prospect from Wesley Chapel, Florida talked with Pittsburgh Sports Now on Tuesday night, who was still very excited.
“My coach told me that Coach Harley wanted to talk to me and I called him at noon and we had a good conversation,” said Rodgers. “He took me through the whole process, was letting me know everything about Pitt, stuff about the city, things about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then out of nowhere after saying a lot of great things about me, he gave me the offer. Honestly, I was completely shocked because I hadn’t had any sort of recruiting contact with Pitt prior to that. Being just a sophomore, I was just absolutely shocked when he offered me.”
“Today is a day that I definitely won’t ever forget. This was just such a special day and I’ll definitely be keeping Pitt in my top five forever throughout my entire recruiting process no matter what. The first thing I did after getting the news was tell my dad, he was the only one home at the time. We then face timed my mom who was at work and then I pretty much told all my loved ones and everyone close to me to let everyone know the news.”
Rodgers is a big wideout (6’2″, 170-pounds) who caught 47 passes for 710 yards (15 yards/catch) and 11 touchdowns in eight games this season. Rodgers credits his high school coach for a move he made that allowed him to have such success.
“I started out this season as the outside receiver because of my height but then I got moved inside and played as a slot receiver,” said Rodgers. “Following that move, I had a tremendous season and Pitt’s wide receiver coach was able to see my versatility of playing both on the outside and from the slot position. I know no matter where I play that I’m going to be able to make plays.”
Since all of this happened so quick for him, Rodgers admits to not having a ton of knowledge about the current day Pitt program but plans on doing some research. However, he is familiar with a big piece of the Pitt football programs past.
“Two things that impress me about Pitt. I remember growing up that Aaron Donald is from Pitt and he’s just dominating the NFL right now so I know that the Pitt program can produce great athletes. Also, I know that Pitt is tied very closely with the Pittsburgh Steelers and those two teams have a tight connection. The Steelers are the only undefeated team right now in the NFL so that’s great that Pitt is so tight with a great team like that.”