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3-Star OG Zachary Aamland Seriously Considering Pitt after Junior Day Visit

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The Hun School in Princeton, New Jersey is football program that the Pitt Panthers regularly visit and recruit because of the talent it produces on a yearly basis.

One of the handful of current players on the current roster that holds an offer from Pitt was in town over the weekend for an unofficial visit.

Zachary Aamland (6-foot-6, 285-pounds) is a 2023 3-star offensive guard that received his second Division I offer from Tim Salem and Pitt back on November 1st. At this stage of his recruitment, Aamland holds offers from Boston College, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Rutgers, Marshall, West Virginia, UMass, UConn, Kentucky, Kent State and Illinois.

Saturday wasn’t Aamland’s first visit to Pittsburgh, as he was at Heinz Field for Pitt’s Coastal Division clinching win over Virginia in November.

“I think my experience today (Saturday) was awesome because the first time I visited, it was football only,” said Aamland. “This time, we went into the academic buildings and told us about their academic programs and the support that they give their players after football. Learning about all that stuff on top of their football program, it was amazing.”

However, when it comes to the highlight of Aamland’s weekend, it had nothing to do with academics.

“I really loved the photo shoot, getting to do that was awesome. Just being able to get into the Pitt uniform and the environment that came with it in the locker room with the music blasting and us taking the different poses, it was awesome.”

A key part of an unofficial visit is the time that a player gets to spend with his potential future positions coach and his main recruiter at the school. Aamland was able to get that time with Pat Narduzzi, Dave Borbely and Salem.

“We went into positional meetings, so me and a few other offensive lineman were in the room with Coach Borbely. During that time, I learned more about who he is. He showed us film of some of his guys and was pointing out key aspects that are important to an offensive lineman and key things that he teaches them, so I felt that was an important time. I did talk too with Coach Narduzzi one-on-one. He told me about the program, about how he feels about Pitt in-general, and I also talked with Coach Salem one-on-one. We talked about how things were going, school for me, football and all that stuff.”

After the visit, is he seriously considering the Panthers?

“As of right now, I’d say yes. After having learned more about their academic side really showed me how they are, and I already loved the football aspect of Pitt. Plus, me getting to know the coaches more, I’d definitely say yes.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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