Over the weekend, Jeff Capel and his staff hosted one of their top targets, Ryan Dunn, for an all-inclusive official visit.
Dunn, who traveled to Pittsburgh with his parents, is a 6-foot-7 wing who has seen his recruitment absolutely blow up this summer after reclassifying from 2021 to 2022. Dunn included Pitt in his top 8 just weeks ago, and now shortly after, he visited Pitt.
“It went well,” Dunn told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I liked it. I didn’t really know much about Pittsburgh before but when I got there it was a really good experience. It was really nice. The campus, city life was cool, facilities were great, and all of the coaching staff and players were cool.”
Dunn emerged as a high-major recruit this offseason, and will play this a prep year this upcoming season for Perkiomen School. In addition to Pitt, he also included Minnesota, Georgetown, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Maryland, South Carolina, and Boston College in his top list. Out of all of those schools, Pitt is the only one that he has visited so far.
“We went around the facilities, we went downtown, we went to Mount Washington, and that place was really nice,” Dunn continued. “We went to go see the campus and the buildings and stuff. Everything was nice. The facilities looked great, the weight room looked good, locker room looked really nice, uniforms looked good, the gym looked good, so, it was really nice.”
On the visit, Dunn got to experience practice firsthand, get to know a lot of the players, and form a close bond with the staff.
“I met all of the guys and I was around Femi and Chris Payton,” he said. “I talked with Femi a lot actually. He took me around the city at night, so it was cool hanging out with Femi. I’ve got a good relationship with the staff too. They always try to tell me no matter if you come here or not, just do whatever your heart says. They were all really cool.”
Dunn picked up the Pitt offer back on July 11, after showing out in multiple summer AAU events. Now with a visit under his belt as well as a top schools list already released, his recruitment process is headed for the final goal: choosing a new home.
“My first two visits were Stony Brook and Hofstra, so for this being my first high major, it was totally different,” he added. “It was way better than what I expected, the facility was nice, the gym, everything. All the gear, jerseys, everything it was all real nice. It was just different seeing a power five school with everything, but overall, everything was nice at Pittsburgh. It felt like home. I don’t know if I am a city person, but I feel like Coach Capel can be a good coach for me, so if I do decide to go to Pitt, I feel like that can be a good place for me.”