The Pitt football program is attempting to develop relationships with players and high school programs in California.
Since getting hired, Brennan Marion has offered numerous players in all different grades, ranging from 8th grade to to juniors. This effort has started to have early success as 4-star wide receiver Zeke Berry and 3-star offensive tackle Jackson Brown, both from California, are on official visits to Pitt this weekend.
One of Marion’s latest offers from California, interestingly enough, already has a connection to Pittsburgh.
2023 wide receiver Ryan Parker (Rancho Santa Margarita, California) earned an offer from Pitt. That news was big for Parker because it was his first from a Division I school.
Considering Parker’s family history to the city of Pittsburgh, it’s quite the coincidence that a California kid gets his first college offer from the Panthers.
Parker’s great grandparents are from Fox Chapel and his great grandfather was a doctor at Mercy Hospital. Parker’s grandparents are also from Fox Chapel.
We learned that from him and more as Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke to Parker early this week after he received the exciting news from Pitt.
“This all happened very quick,” said Parker. “I got the news from Coach Matt, who sent my tape over to Pitt and Coach Marion. I was just so excited to get the news, there’s nothing like getting news about getting your first offer. This is also motivation for me to get better and to prove that I can potentially play at the University of Pittsburgh.”
”The first thing I did after getting the offer was call my dad, who was obviously very excited, as well as my mom and my brother.”
— Ryan Parker (@14_ryanparker) June 5, 2021
Parker says he didn’t have any clue that an offer was coming but was glad it did. When describing his game and a player comparison, he pointed out Julian Edelman and Cole Beasley.
“I believe that my tapes shows that I have a great ability to run routes and create separation with my jukes. My receiver coach Austin Pettis has really taught me how to run routes really well along with being able to run clean routes and precise cuts so that my routes can be on point. It’s all about my route-running and my hands.”
Parker is in the process of making summer visits and has visits planned to Ivy League schools and has already made unofficial visits to SMU and TCU.