Pitt went into this 2021 recruiting class with a need to add young talent at the tight end position and were able to accomplish that goal with the commitments of Jake Renda, Gavin Bartholomew and Trey Andersen–although his future might be at offensive tackle.
That position likely needs more attention for their Class of 2022 and the Panthers have already identified some early targets including an athlete from Ohio.
One of the players that the coaching staff has had consistent contact with is tight end Brody Foley (6’6″, 230) from Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tim Salem and Pitt were actually Foley’s first Power 5 offer in November, with Cincinnati being his first D-I offer. Since then, he’s received offers from Indiana, Louisville, Kent State and Toledo.
That offer list would no doubt be longer if Foley would’ve had the opportunity to attend camps over the summer and make visits during the season because his name is still getting out there to college programs. Despite that, Foley tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s excited with the interest he’s receiving from schools, especially with the relationship he’s developing with Pitt.
“I’m receiving a good amount of attention, especially since all camps were cancelled in the spring,” said Foley. “I believe that I’m a late bloomer because I wasn’t able to go to camps like Rivals, which I think definitely hurt me. I think especially since what I did the back half of the season and in the playoffs this year, teams are starting to find out about me, which has helped a ton. I’m now getting ready for camps in the spring, I’ve been asking around because I really want to go but we’ll see if they have them.”
“This season, I believe that I really improved in my blocking from the start of the season. I wouldn’t say I was terrible before but I wasn’t finishing my blocks. By the end of the year and into the playoffs, I was getting a lot more pancake blocks than before. I want to credit Matt Stan our offensive line coach. He is great and helped me out a ton.”
As far as Pitt goes, Foley says that he’s talking mainly with Salem and Randy Bates, Pitt’s area recruiter for Cincinnati.
“I’ve been talking mostly with Coach Salem and that’s gone great,” said Foley. “It was great that they were one of my first offers, which was something I really wasn’t expecting. One of the things Pitt likes about me is how well I move considering the size I have. I don’t think you see a lot of kids that are 6’6″, 230 pounds and move the way that I can. I’m versatile to line up as a slot back, as a fullback or a traditional tight end. In our offense, I’ve lined up a lot as a slot receiver and also the first receiver on the boundary. Considering the way I can block and also move all around the field on offense, I think they really like that.”
“I love Coach Salem, he seems like a great dude. He comes from a blue-collar background and I can relate to that because at Anderson High School it’s a real blue-collar situation. All of our coaches are hard workers and we get after it every day. Coach Salem really reminds me of my coaches in high school.”
In the event that spring camps become a reality, Foley tells PSN that he’s in the process of determining which one’s he’d like to visit with Pitt likely being an option. He also says that because of the proximity, it’s possible that he and his family could make a drive to Pittsburgh and check out the Pitt campus and facilities on their own.