Ohio native Adam Trick will be looking to open the eyes of the Pitt coaches and earn a scholarship offer at an upcoming visit.
The 2022 athlete from Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio will be at Pitt on Monday, June 21 for an unofficial visit, at which time he’ll tour the campus but more importantly, have a private workout for members of the Pitt coaching staff.
Trick is a 3-star athlete (6-foot-4, 200-pounds) that holds offers from Air Force, Akron, Dartmouth, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami (OH), Penn, Princeton and Youngstown State. Trick is looking for that first Power Five offer and is hoping it comes from the team that’s been recruiting and in contact with him the longest.
“My talks with Pitt really date back to the end of my sophomore season when I first heard from Coach Bates,” Trick tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I was calling once a week and told me at that time that my sophomore film looked really good at linebacker and that they were interested in me and wanted to get to know me. I then continued to hear from him after my junior season and he believed I made good progression from my sophomore thru junior season. They told me that they wanted to see me workout at a camp.”
An interesting thing happened recently while Trick was participating in a camp at Penn State. Despite playing linebacker in high school, the coaches at Penn State had Trick try a new position and he did very well, which prompted a call from Tim Salem.
“I was camping at Penn State and they pulled me aside and had me work 1-on-1 with Coach Howle, their tight ends coach. Coach Salem heard a good report from there that I looked really good at tight end and called me to say that we really want to get you at one of our camps and work you out because we need a big, strong, physical, athletic tight end and think you could be that guy.”
“However with my schedule, I couldn’t get to one of their camps but mentioned to them that I’m really interested, is their anyway we could find another day to get me on campus. We then decided on Monday the 21st, so I’m going there for an unofficial visit but I’m also going to workout with Coach Salem as a tight end primarily, but he also said that we understand that you’re a great athlete. Just because you’re coming here as a tight end, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get some linebacker or defensive end drills in as well.”
Playing tight end is something new for Trick, although he was used as one last year with his high school team when they were in goal-line situations. He was used primarily as a block and running routes is something new to him although the Penn State coaches told him that he reminded them of former Penn State and current Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki.
“It’s actually interesting that I went into high school my freshman year as a quarterback,” said Trick. “Then going into my sophomore year, my coaches told me that they felt my greatest potential would be playing at linebacker. So this upcoming season will only be my third year playing linebacker. I have no problem at all playing any position. I’ll do whatever I can to help my team and really will do whatever I have to do to get to the next level. Potentially catching touchdowns and blocking people isn’t such a bad thing.”
JUNIOR YEAR FILM (7.5 games)‼️
60 tackles 10 TFL’s
1 Sack 1 INT
1 PBU 6 QB Hits
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— Adam Trick (@adamtrick8) October 20, 2020
Trick can’t wait to arrive in Pittsburgh on Monday and to display his talent and athleticism to Salem, Pat Narduzzi and other members of the Pitt staff in the hopes of achieving a life-long dream of earning that first Power Five offer.
“Pitt was one of the first schools to ever reach out to me and really the first school to begin recruiting me. I’m just excited to finally get on campus and to finally meet the coaching staff. An offer from Pitt would be huge and I believe that if I perform well on Monday that the potential is there for that to happen. An offer from Pitt would be huge and would really change my recruiting.”