Robert Billings knew that Division I offers would eventually come his way and that he just needed to keep working and remain patient.
Staying patient is easier said than done for a high school athlete especially when you’re seeing teammates and other players on Twitter receiving offers daily.
The 6-foot-1, junior safety from Alpharetta, Georgia’s time eventually came on Wednesday as he received that call with his first offer from Ole Miss and then yesterday his second one came from Archie Collins and the Pitt Panthers. Along with Billings, Pitt also offered his teammats, 2023 4-star linebacker Dee Crayton.
“The news from Pitt was surprising”, Billings told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I recently had a game in Pennsylvania and I heard that they were supposed to be coming to watch it (against St. Joseph’s Prep/Philadelphia) to see me but I didn’t hear anything from them after the game. But then yesterday after practice, I got a call from my dad and told me that I was supposed to call the coach from Pitt (Archie Collins). The news was just surprising. I called Coach Collins and he offered me. We were talking and he asked me about what I knew about Pitt and told me that he really wanted me to come up for a visit soon to get to know the coaching staff and to get to know more about the school in general.”
Billings tells me that Collins also talked to him about the amount of defensive backs that Pitt currently have playing in the NFL along with some of the famous NFL alumni that have come from the Panthers program like Larry Fitzgerald and Aaron Donald to name a few.
“I put in a lot of work over the summer and have really been waiting to see when that first call would be coming and it just so happened to be two days ago and then again yesterday.”
Billings was very appreciative of hearing and getting this news from the staffs at Pitt and Ole Miss and admits that a weight feels like it’s come off his shoulders.
“Really, this has been life changing for me. I know now that I get to go to school for free and do what I love, which is to play football,” said Billings. “I feel relieved but I’m still working and grinding. In describing myself, I’d say that I’m a lengthy defensive back that has a lot of range and can cover a lot of ground on the field. I’m a ball-hawking safety but also someone that can come up and making plays in the running game when needed.
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— Robert Billings (@RobBillings12) September 14, 2021
The Georgia native is concentrating on his team, Milton High School, have a successful season but when it comes time to start making visits, he wants to check out both Pitt and Ole Miss plus other schools that have been in touch with him recently like Virginia Tech and Louisville.
“I’m looking forward to over the next year meeting and creating a lot of relationships with coaches across college football, especially the coaches from Pitt and everyone that is seriously recruiting me. I want to see these schools to find out what’s similar and what’s different from each other and just being able to see different places.”