The No. 18 Pitt Panthers hosted two highly rated 4-star recruits from Michigan for their Coastal Division clinching win over Virginia on Saturday.
The first one was 2023 4-star tight end Khamari Anderson, the other was 2023 4-star offensive lineman Cole Dellinger.
Dellinger (6’4″, 280) is from Clarkston, Michigan and holds offers from Pitt, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona State, LSU and Ole Miss. Panthers assistant and Michigan native Archie Collins is the lead recruiter for both Dellinger and Anderson.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Dellinger on Sunday morning prior to his drive back to Michigan.
“The Pitt coaches have been contacting me a lot and have shown me a lot of love so I felt as though I should go down there and show some love back to them, along with also going there so I can get to know them and the program better,” said Anderson. “I had a really good time. I had the chance to talk with Coach Borbely, got to see their facilities. Overall, it was just a great visit.”
“The thing that really stood out to me was that I really liked Pitt’s stadium along with their facilities, which were great. Being at the stadium, it got really, really loud at times, which was great to be at to hear. And their facilities, being next to the Steelers was awesome. To be able to have the opportunity to be that close to an NFL team and to be able to watch them practice, is cool.”
During the visit, Dellinger says that he had the opportunity to have have a good conversation with Pitt offensive line coach Dave Borbely, who told him that he really liked his film, along with his size and the way he looks. That was Dellinger’s first conversation with him and he enjoyed it and came away feeling that Borbely seemed like a great guy and a real honest person.
“Overall, I’m glad that I was able to make the visit because I feel like it’s always better to go visit a program and talk with the coaches in-person (as opposed to just over the phone). It’s always nice to be able to go around the place, the city and see what it’s like. I really liked it and just wanted to get the chance to talk with the coaches, see the facilities and experience the game day atmosphere. I saw all of that and was impressed.”