On Monday, Jeff Capel and Pitt dished out an offer to an intriguing big man in the class of 2022, Christian Fermin, who plays his high school ball for Pocono Mountain West High School in Pennsylvania.
“Jeff Capel reached out,” Fermin told Pittsburgh Sports Now on Monday. “I had my St. Joes visit. Today was the last day, I left at two, and he called me around 2:45. We had a conversation about how he had wanted to see me play and everything, he said that the offer is genuine and stuff like that. So yeah, he offered me.”
Fermin first heard from the Panthers’ staff back in early March, and since then has seen his recruitment gain steam. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound center is a very skilled shot-blocker, and possesses a versatile offensive skill-set.
6’10 jr @CFerm21 joins his trainer Quindell Brice ‘12 of QB Training, Tynell Fortune ‘11 & Jalen Vaughns ‘17 as the 4th West player in 19 years to be voted All-State big school. The big fella landed on the 2nd team as one of the best 6A players in PA! #WEstWORK #WEstCOMPETE pic.twitter.com/D9Y77XEEGe
— Pocono Mt West Bball (@PmWestBball) May 1, 2021
“I was excited, it is an ACC offer, so that is a big deal. I definitely appreciated it. It was definitely something I was waiting on. I expected it sooner but I feel like it came at a good time.
Fermin, who now holds offers from Penn State, Temple, St. Josephs, VCU, and more, is ranked as the No. 145 overall prospect in the nation, as well as the No. 17 power forward, according to Rivals. The big man is coming off an unofficial visit to Pitt, and is looking to continue to build his relationships with the staff.
“I definitely could see myself playing for Pitt,” he said. “But, at the same time, all of my options are open, I don’t want to say that I can see myself at any one place, but, that is definitely a system I can see myself playing in.”
While mostly Pennsylvania and East-Coast schools are targeting Fermin, he is looking for somewhere to play where he can provide lots of minutes as soon as he gets on campus.
“For me, it is really, what can I do my freshman year at that school,” he said back in March. “I feel like I am good enough to play on a lot of teams my freshman year so does the team really want me to come in my freshman year and have a big impact. If not, they might have a little trouble getting in the race. But most schools really want me to do great things my freshman year, so that is going to be the biggest thing.”