Back on Nov. 1, Tim Salem and Pitt extended an offer to 2023 offensive lineman Zachary Aamland from Princeton, New Jersey.
Aamland wanted to get out and make a gameday visits to Pitt and other schools that were showing interest in him, but because his high school, Hun High School, plays its games on Saturday, he wasn’t able to do so. Last week, Aamland’s junior season wrapped up, and he got on the road for his first visit of the season and it went to the Pitt Panthers.
Aamland (6’6″, 285) made the drive to Pittsburgh for the Panthers’ game last Saturday against Virginia and had nothing but good things to say about his experience.
“Our season just ended so it was the first weekend that my family and I were able to get out,” Aamland told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “My family are big Steelers fans so we love Pittsburgh and the area, so I really wanted to get up there, see the college, watch the team play and really see what they have to offer.”
“My overall experience was great, the atmosphere was really good. I really enjoyed being on the field and having the chance to talk with some of the players in the locker room after the game was great. Plus, I got the chance to tour their facility. I thought it was so awesome how close they are to the Pittsburgh Steelers and how the facility is pretty much split right down the middle and the strong connections Pitt has with them. A few things that really stood out to me about the visit was that Pitt isn’t that far from home. It’s only a five hour drive so compared to other places, it’s not that far. I also just love the area of Pittsburgh and the area surround the university. Plus, the gameday atmosphere was really impressive.”
Since it was prior to such an important game, Aamland says he didn’t have a ton of time to speak with the Pitt staff but that he did talk with Tim Salem, who is his chief recruiter.
“Up until this point, I had just been texting mainly with him,” said Aamland. “But I was able to have a great conversation about him about the program, the area and we talked about how my season went. Although I didn’t get a chance to talk with him that much, I did meet Coach Borbely, the offensive line coach. Even though I didn’t have a ton of time to talk with him, I thought it was great just to meet him.”
At this stage of his recruitment, Aamland holds offers from Pitt, Boston College and Temple but expect that to pick up over the next few months. Currently, at The Hun School, Aamland plays offensive guard but his position in college is probably still yet to be determined.
“I believe I’m very dominant on the field as I’ve shown that I can physically move guys on the defensive line. I’ve also been told by coaches that I’m very coachable so that’s something that college coaches probably like to hear. Right now, I start at left offensive guard but I can play tackle too. I’m not really sure where I’ll be when I get to college and I’m not even sure where I’ll be playing next season because we’re losing our left tackle next season. Right now, I’m a guard but I have the ability to play tackle if needed.”
“Next weekend, I’m going to head out to the Nebraska/Iowa game and I’ve been hearing from other colleges,” Aamland said. “With it being the end of the season, I’m definitely getting more attention.”
Aamland isn’t the only players at The Hun School that the Pitt staff is recruiting as they’ve offered and shown serious interest in 2023 4-star quarterback Marco Lainez and 2025 running back Kamar Archie.