Jamie Kaiser is two-sport star from Virginia and over the weekend, he got something that he had been waiting for, an offer from Pitt.
Kaiser is a member of the Class of 2023 and attends Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia. Aside from excelling on the football field, Kaiser (6-foot-5, 195 pounds) also is a standout basketball player with Division I offers from George Mason, Coastal Carolina and Southern Utah. While he currently holds an offer from UNC-Charlotte, Brennan Marion and Pitt was his first from a Power Five school.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke on Monday with Kaiser and found out that he has a couple ties to Western Pennsylvania, which have him very excited about the news from Pitt.
“They said that they were excited that I was an athlete and that I could potentially do a lot of things,” said Kaiser. “They told me that they were recruiting me to play quarterback and not as an athlete, which I liked because I know that I’m truly a quarterback. I’m just so excited and this is a dream come true because all my family is from Pennsylvania, up in Erie and they’ve been Pittsburgh fans for a while.”
“I also have a relationship with James Conner, a Pitt legend, so I was just so excited. I know James because he’s from Erie and also, my mothers friend, her daughter died of epilepsy and that was James Conner’s best friend and I was able to meet him a couple of times. Although it wasn’t in the best of circumstances, it was really cool to be able to meet him.”
This offer from Pitt will likely be just the beginning of Kaiser’s recruitment in football to go along with the recruitment he’s also getting in basketball but he admits this offer from Pitt is very meaningful because it’s his first Power Five offer.
— Jamie Kaiser (@J_Kaiser53) April 30, 2021
“I was so excited and I’ve really been waiting and hoping for one for a while and it couldn’t have come from a better school,” said Kaiser. “I was excited for that and for my recruitment to keep on going. I’m really excited and looking forward to start building my relationship with Coach Marion, Pitt and the entire Pitt coaching staff. Coach Marion just seems like a really likeable guy, pretty down to earth and said that he’s excited to meet me in person coming up this summer.”
Kaiser tells PSN that he plans on meeting Marion and the rest of the Pitt coaches when he comes up next month to participate in one of Pitt’s prospect camps on the South Side. The Virginia native says that some of his on the field strengths are his ability to move for a bigger quarterback but despite having the ability to run, he prefers to “pick a defense apart” with his passing ability. He also mentions one of his biggest attributes is his desire to compete whether it be on the field field or basketball court.
Speaking of the basketball court, Kaiser is coming off a season in which he averaged 27 points and 9 rebounds per game. He was in Pittsburgh two weeks ago with his AAU program, Team Durant, where he’s teammates with Laurel Highlands 2023 4-star two-sport star Rodney Gallagher.
“It’s not difficult to compete in both sports because I truly love playing both of them. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t be doing it. I know it’s cool to be getting all of these accolades know but I know that there’s someone out there working just as hard or harder than me, so I just want to continue to stay sharp and keep working at both sports,” said Kaiser. “I’ve known Rodney for a couple of months now and he’s just a great guy, I really like him. He’s a great teammate because he’s very unselfish. He’s not a me, me, me guy, instead he’s always looking to help his teammates. He’s a great teammate, very humble and a great friend. He called and congratulated me after the Pitt offer, which was very nice.”
In terms of his future sport, Kaiser said that he hasn’t made that decision yet and will do so once he determines which one he may have a brighter future in.