With their latest offer, the Pitt football program continues their objective of aggressively recruiting the talent rich state of Texas along with adding players with elite speed to their roster.
Tuesday night, Brennan Marion and the Panthers extended an offer to 2023 wide receiver Micah Gifford, from Weiss High School in Pflugerville, Texas. This was a huge moment for Gifford (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) because it was his first Power Five offer. Pitt is hoping to continue their recent success in recruiting “The Lone Star” state, as they’ve received 2022 commitments from three-star speedster Che Nwabuko (Manor, Texas) and three-star defensive back Marquan Pope (Denton, Texas).
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up on Wednesday morning with Gifford, who was extremely excited after getting this big news from Pitt.
“It felt amazing to get that news from Coach Marion,” Gifford told PSN. “Getting this first one, I was really at a loss of word really. Despite putting in a lot of work, I really didn’t expect it this soon. But I’m very grateful to Coach Marion and Pitt for believing in me. They were looking for speed and quickness and liked what they saw. I wasn’t expecting this offer from Pitt but my coaches have been telling me to keep putting in that work and keep grinding and they’ll (offers) will come eventually.
— Coach Hughes (@Coach_Hughes2) July 12, 2021
“I feel that I bring the deep ball element to a team and that’s something that I excel in. I’m very good in getting off the line and getting separation from the defensive back. Growing up and running track as really helped a lot with that. I’ve been running track since I was like three years old. I run the 400 Hurdles, 300 Hurdles, the 110 Hurdles and the open four. I’ve stuck with that and have really gotten better and better at it.”
Had a great area meet today!
— Micah Gifford (@micahgiff) April 16, 2021
Gifford has a similar two-sport profile to Nwabuko, who not only excels on the football field but is also a Texas champion track star in the 100 and 200 Meters.
Gifford becomes the 11th wide receiver in the Class of 2023 from Texas to receive an offer from Pitt joining Jonah Wilson (Houston), Justin Williams (Houston), Trealyn Porchia (Beaumont), AJ Jayroe (Plano), Braylon James (Del Valle), Mikal Harrison-Pilot (Temple), Jalen Hale (Longview), Rohan Fluellen (Gilmer), Ashton Cozart (North Richland Hills) and Johntay Cook II (Desoto).