Uncommitted recruits weren’t the only ones making official visits to Pitt this weekend.
2023 four-star quarterback Kenny Minchey and wide receiver Zion Fowler joined the large contingent of players making their official visits.
Minchey (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) made an unofficial visit to Pitt back in March, and a month later, gave the Panthers his verbal commitment. Unlike the dozen uncommitted players that were in town this weekend, Minchey wasn’t worried about making a decision and evaluating things, he came with the sole purpose of working to develop and strengthen relationships with members of the Pitt program and to try and attract more players to the program.
“What I wanted to do this weekend was connect more with the coaches and to connect with the other recruits,” Minchey told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I also knew that I was there to recruit a little bit because I want this program to be good. Zion and I knew that we had to talk with some of those guys and try to pass along some of the things that the coaches talked to us about. I worked hard to try and get Pitt a couple of commits.
“The main thing that I talked to the recruits about was the coaches at Pitt and the players they have developed,” Minchey said. “You can go anywhere and not be developed properly and play. I feel that the Pitt coaches do a great job of developing players, so that was my main thing that I talked to recruits about. I also talked to players about all of us coming here and playing together. Obviously, we’re all good football players so if we come here together the team will be that much better.”
While he spent time with a lot of the recruits, Minchey tells me that the two players that he spent the most time with were Fowler and recent three-star wide receiver commit Kenny Johnson.
“Zion is such a great guy,” said Minchey. “Whenever I came for an unofficial visit in March, he was there and has been to Pitt countless times. Him and I were chopping it up and talking. We talked with each other about and knew that we had to recruit this weekend and try and get other kids to join us.
“I love Kenny Johnson, he was probably the main guy that I talked to this weekend,” Minchey said. “He got really pumped up when he saw my highlights and he took notice of me getting invited to the Elite 11 Camp. He knows that I am good and wants to play with someone that can get him the ball. I feel like I played a small piece in him wanting to join.”
As mentioned, Minchey received some huge news last week as he received an invite to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, which is one of the most prestigious honors that a quarterback can receive.
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“It’s definitely a cool honor to be selected for that,” said Minchey. “I’ve been following the Elite 11 since I was in middle school. So watching it as I’m growing up and now living it through and getting an invite is something cool that me and my parents will get a chance to experience. I know that it’s a really prestigious quarterback camp and to know that I’m considered to be on that level and that I can compete with those guys.”
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“In recapping this weekend, things were solidified with me and Pitt before but coming here again and seeing the coaches and players was a great experience,” Minchey said. “I can tell you that if I wasn’t committed to Pitt before this weekend, I would have been committed after the visit. It was just a great visit. We got to sit down and talk with some of the current players, who actually laid everything out for us and told us what it was really like to be a part of the program. Hearing from the coaches, the current players and talking with the recruits, it was just a great, great visit.”