On Monday, Mt. Lebanon 2022 graduate Mac Stout announced his commitment to the Pitt wrestling program. On Wednesday, Stout discussed his commitment with Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Stout started by talking about the promising future of head coach Keith Gavin’s program.
“I think that Pitt is doing a lot of really good things,” Stout told PSN, “and I think since the new staff has came in and started taking over and changing the culture and everything, I think that each year they’ve gotten better and have made improvements in different ways. With me and my class coming in, I think we can be the guys that can really turn on the program and turn the program from a top-10 team, contending for an ACC title, into a team contending for an NCAA title. I think Pitt’s been really close these last couple years, I know they have and I think that me and my class coming in could be the turning point.”
Stout mentioned that picking a college hadn’t really crossed his mind until it came time to have serious discussion, but he has always had ties with Pitt.
“I didn’t really think about it a whole lot, but then whenever it did come around, it was definitely an automatic attraction, because of how close it was. After my brother went and graduated and he had a great experience there, it definitely had a big influence on the way I felt towards the program and everything. He was at Penn State before there and he came there, and I think he found his love again for the sport and definitely changed him as a person.”
Stout’s brother Kellan wrestled at Pitt from 2017-20 after transferring in as a sophomore from Penn State. As Stout moved further into his own process of picking a school, it was the rest of his family that helped him realize the value in proximity to home.
“I didn’t think so at first, I didn’t think so for the majority of the recruiting process until I did sit down and evaluate it, cause it came down to Pitt and Virginia Tech pretty much and their extremely similar programs, two similar coaches, so it pretty much just came down to the only difference was the distance,” Stout told PSN. “I thought about it and I have a little sister and staying close to her is really important to me and I’m really close with my parents, my dad pretty much taught me everything I know today, so my family is responsible for a lot of my success. Being able to have that support from my clubs and all the programs that I’ve come through to this point is definitely a huge thing.”