Although he lives in Illinois, Jacob Bostick has deep family roots and love for the city of Pittsburgh and the talented wide receiver got the news he’s been waiting for. Bostick received an offer to play for the Pitt Panthers.
“Man, it’s hard to even describe,” Bostick tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “My family and I just went crazy. I have a lot of family in Pittsburgh. I’ve been to Pittsburgh a bunch of times. Primanti Brothers, Kennywood, I’ve been to all the big places in Pittsburgh. No doubt, Pitt has been one of my dream schools since I was young. What’s not to love about Pitt.”
Praise God!!! After a great conversation with @BrennanMarion4 I am truly blessed to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Pittsburgh!🔵🟡@CoachDuzzPittFB @Pitt_FB #H2P pic.twitter.com/lllsqH5Mum
— Jacob Bostick (@JacobBostick5) April 14, 2021
To say Bostick was excited to receive the news on Wednesday morning from Brennan Marion would be a complete understatement. The excitement in his voice throughout our entire phone conversation was evident and refreshing to hear. While he’s a current resident of Palantine, Illinois, the playmaking wide receiver explained his deep family routes to Western Pennsylvania.
“I have a lot of family from Pittsburgh in the Jeannette, Greensburg area. My uncles Adam Bostick and Sid Bostick, both Jeannette Hall of Famers. My cousin, Adam Bostick was actually drafted by the Marlins. My dad, Josh, was an all-state wide receiver/Big 33 player and played at Kent State with James Harrison and Josh Cribbs. I have a lot of Pitt and Pittsburgh connections in my family, so I’m no doubt, super, super excited.”
This offer was also a big deal because it was the first Power Five offer for Bostick with others from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Kent State, Navy, Army, Air Force, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Getting an offer from Pitt was something that Bostick was hoping for but wasn’t assured it was coming.
“No, I had no idea that it was coming,” said Bostick. “I had been in contact with some recruiting coaches from Pitt and I’ve sent them highlights of myself but today was the first time I talked with Coach Marion. After he gave me the news today, my family and I just went crazy. My conversation with Coach Marion was quick because he said he was running into a meeting but that he wanted to make sure I knew. We’re scheduled to talk to each other later today, which I’m looking forward to.”
Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt recently had this evaluation of Bostick’s game and he compared him to another Pitt great- “When I first wrote about scouting Jacob I compared it to the first time I saw Tyler Boyd in HS. They have the same, fluid style and look like they are just gliding across the turf. Jacob is 6′-3”, but he torches DBs with sheer speed and excellent routes.”
“Being a 6-foot-3 receiver, I consider myself very versatile and am someone that runs very precise routes. I’m someone that can line up in the slot, can go outside and really anywhere you put me,” said Bostick. “I believe I have great hops, great hands and am just an overall versatile athlete. I’m a great kick returner as well.”
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— Jacob Bostick (@JacobBostick5) April 5, 2021
Bostick no doubt seems very much like a heavy Pitt lean. When he speaks later today with Marion, will making an official visit be something that he brings up?
“For sure, absolutely. Later in the day when I talk to him, I’m going to talk to Coach about that and hopefully we can get something scheduled because I definitely would love to come visit for an official visit hopefully sometime in June. That’s definitely part of the plan.”