Pitt’s highest profile recruits on official visits this weekend were 4-star wide receiver Zeke Berry and recently named 4-star tight end Mason Taylor.
Taylor, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is one of the fastest rising tight end prospects in the country with current Power Five offers from Auburn, Illinois, Miami, Syracuse, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
It was a homecoming for Taylor and his family, in particular his father Jason, who was born in Pittsburgh and attended Woodland Hills High School before his Hall of Fame career with the Miami Dolphins.
After arriving home in Florida on Sunday afternoon, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Taylor over the phone to get his thoughts on what he experienced this weekend with Pat Narduzzi’s program.
“It really surprised me a lot,” Taylor told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Pitt was amazing. The facilities were top-notch. I was very impressed with how Pitt treats and supports their players with their Life Skills. We liked the presentation that they showed us. The tour of the campus and the facilities was shocking and really amazing. It was hard to get a feel for Pitt and what they have through Zooms and over the internet and through FaceTime calls. But when you get to see it in-person, the city and not just the campus, but everything in the city of Pittsburgh and around it is just amazing.”
“I had a good time with the other recruits that were there. I already know Jaylin Marshall from Miami Central. Plus, my host was Kyi (Wright), he really showed me around campus and showed me everything. We went to the bridges and met a bunch of other teammates and had a really good time.”
The second thing I asked Taylor is what stood out to him from the weekend that could potentially go in Pitt’s favor once it comes time for him to make his college decision.
“How they use their tight ends. Coach Salem showed me a bunch of plays and ways they use their tight end and they looked very involved in the program. Also, the coaching staff at Pitt, along with the training and strength staff, they really look like they have a plan and know what they’re doing. They really showed me how they could develop me into a better player and a better person.”
Before heading back to Florida, Taylor and his family met with Narduzzi, who left the talented tight end with a message.
“He told me how they really want me and told me how I would fit exactly into the program,” said Taylor. “We talked about the camps that I plan on going to and told me that he wants me to make the right decision for my long-term future and take everything into consideration.”
This visit to Pitt is just the start of a long stretch of stops for Taylor in the month of June as he tells Pittsburgh Sports Now he’ll be in Georgia tomorrow, Texas A&M on Tuesday and then has upcoming trips scheduled to West Virginia, Florida State, LSU and Alabama.