With the NCAA extending the college football dead period past National Signing Day, high school recruits that still plan on signing their letters of intent must do so without having the opportunity to make an official visit to that campus.
Because of those restrictions, Trey Anderson and his family decided to make a road trip and spent the weekend in Pittsburgh checking out his soon to be college home and also taking in the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game at Heinz Field.
Anderson committed to Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt Panthers back on June 30 and recently completed his two year mission trip in California. Anderson (6’6″, 250) is an interesting prospect because he’ll joining Pitt as a tight end but has the athletic ability and body type to possibly convert to offensive tackle, similar to the path former Panther and current Minnesota Vikings Brian O’Neill took while at Pitt.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Anderson following his first extended weekend in Pittsburgh to get his initial thoughts and what he saw while touring the city.
“Ever since the dead period got moved back to April, it was inevitable that I wasn’t going to be able to visit Pittsburgh or the school before I signed there,” Anderson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “So this was a visit that my dad and I wanted to take in order to get a feel for the city because it’s a place that I’m going to be living in for the next 4-5 years of my life. I wanted to get acclimated to it before coming here for the first day of school.”
“It was really beneficial because I was able to walk around campus quite a bit. Although I wasn’t able to go inside the facilities, I was still able to see the outside of them and where everything was located to give me a better feel rather than a video or some pictures that the coaches have been sending me. I believe this visit allowed the campus to come to life a little bit.”
The city of Pittsburgh is a lot different than Anderson’s hometown of Lehi, Utah, so he talked to us about what stood out to him in his first extended visit in his new football home.
“I really like the football stadium,” said Anderson. “Going to the Steelers game last night, it was pretty cool to be a part of and watch the game knowing that’s where I’m going to be playing our home games. Also the history of the school stood out to me and how old this town is but how many cool building there are here like the Cathedral of Learning, which is obviously a beacon for anyone that comes to this school. The training facilities being beside the Pittsburgh Steelers also stood out to me.”
After graduating from Lehi High School, Anderson originally committed to BYU but changed his mind and went on a 2-year church mission in California. With that being completed, Anderson is excited to get back in the grind of football and can’t wait to join Pitt.
“I’m super excited, I don’t think words can really describe how excited I am to get back into the football groove of things, being able to work out and being a part of a team again in the locker room. I’m just excited about the whole process and going back to school and learning to get a degree. This whole experience is super exciting for me.”
Anderson tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he will be signing his Letter of Intent with Pitt in December and plans on enrolling early.