With a key playoff game against Knoxville Catholic looming, hoping to extend a 29-0 season on the basketball court, George MacIntyre was solely focused on basketball this spring. After all, he hadn’t received any college football interest yet.
However, on a random Tuesday in March, the very first day of the month, Brentwood Academy’s quarterback coach texted MacIntyre. He had received a number from a Pitt coach, and he told MacIntyre to give that number a call. After not seeing the football field in months, setting his focus almost solely on basketball, it was a shock for MacIntyre. Regardless, he still gave the number a call.
Pitt assistant quarterbacks coach Jon DiBiaso was on the other side of the line, and after a brief talk, DiBiaso extended a scholarship offer to MacIntyre — the very first college football offer that he’d ever received. And with the significance of such an offer, it’s not something that will be easily forgotten.
“(Pitt was) my first offer, so they’ll always be a top team on my list, and I feel like they’re truly building something special up there,” MacIntyre told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “So, I really enjoy working with them.
“I think (Pitt being that first offer is important),” MacIntyre said. “They believed in me when no one else did. The first offer really gets the ball rolling in recruiting, and before that I wasn’t hearing from too many schools, so after that, it just really spiked up.”
MacIntyre, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound quarterback from Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee, is just coming off his freshman season (a recruit from the distant class of 2025), but Pitt’s extremely unexpected offer has opened the floodgates for college programs this spring. The dual-sport athlete is a powerful passer on the field while being equipped with a dual-threat ability in tall frame.
Since Pitt first extended an official offer, MacIntyre has also received offers from FIU, Toledo, Ole Miss and Michigan in recent weeks. And with additional scholarship offers from FIU and Arizona State for basketball, MacIntyre’s future isn’t just restricted to football. He’s a true two-sport athlete.
MacIntyre visited Pitt basketball on June 4, spending time with associate head coach Tim O’Toole and assistant coach Jason Capel, and he dedicated June 5 to Pitt football. With an 8 a.m. arrival at Pitt’s UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Sunday, he was quickly shown that he’s a priority recruit going forward.
“So, registration lines are always long at camps and I was probably about an hour away from being registered in line, and coach (Frank) Cignetti pulled me out,” MacIntyre said. “We toured the facility, toured the practice field, toured the fields, locker room, all that stuff. I had a meeting with coach (Pat) Narduzzi in his room for about 20 minutes, and then coach Cignetti brought me back to the camp just in time for the start.”
With a strong camp performance during Pitt’s Rising Stars camp, able to get a lot of reps and throws in, MacIntyre lauded Pitt’s well-run camp. There were roughly 500 kids in attendance, and he felt like Pitt managed the day very well. He was able to spend some one-on-one time with Jon DiBiaso following his performance, went through his photoshoot and had a meeting with his parents before flying back to Nashville.
— George MacIntyre (@GeorgeMacIntyr6) June 6, 2022
In meeting extensively with DiBiaso, Cignetti and Narduzzi, MacIntyre was able to feel the love from Pitt. It was a good feeling, he said, to have Pitt’s top coaches working with him — he definitely felt wanted.
“(Cignetti’s) a great guy,” MacIntyre said. “He came to visit me in school in mid-May, and ever since then we’ve really been talking a lot, he’s given me great advice. Man, he’s coached with everyone, from McCarthy to just a bunch of legends, and he just spits knowledge constantly. It’s just been great.
“I would say I was one-on-one with (DiBiaso) a lot at the camp,” MacIntyre said. “He’s the one I’ve called most of the time. I call Cignetti every now and then. So, we’ve built a great relationship. I probably talk to him more than most of all the coaches that I’ve been talking to, we’ve really been in contact a lot.”
With both Cignetti and DiBiaso — especially with the strong bond that MacIntyre and DiBiaso have built since March 1 — recruiting MacIntyre hard, Pitt has been one of, if not the team in heaviest pursuit of MacIntyre so far. And while MacIntyre didn’t have low expectations ahead of the visit, the visit itself blew him away.
“Honestly, living in the south around all these SEC schools where football is really a religion, I was like, ‘going up north, going to the ACC, I’ll see how it is.’ I wasn’t expecting too much, and it really blew me away,” MacIntyre said. “The coolest thing was just when I was walking around downtown, I would get people stopping me all the time saying, ‘Are you a recruit? Are you football? Basketball?’ And I’d be, ‘Yes, sir, I am.’ They’d start telling me about how great of a program Pitt is and they’ve lived there their whole life and they don’t want to leave because of the sports. They have a lot of true fans that really care. I think I see that on Twitter.”
It wasn’t hard for MacIntyre to see that Pittsburgh is a sports city, in both football and basketball, but it wasn’t just the city and the atmosphere that truly stood out during the visit. It was the coaching staff.
“I really like the coaching staff, so I mean, commitment day is probably two years away, if they’re still there, who knows? They might be at some big SEC schools, they might be NFL, they might be still Pitt, who knows, because they’re doing a great job there,” MacIntyre said. “So, if the coaching staff is still there, I’d always be interested in them, keep them in consideration.”
MacIntyre plans to head back again, hopefully for a game this fall and then once again next spring. His commitment date is still very, very far off, but it’s clear that Pitt has been able to make that early impression — especially as the first school to extend an offer. And it doesn’t hurt that 2023 four-star quarterback commit Kenny Minchey has already established a relationship with MacIntyre either.
Four of Tennessee’s Top QB’s getting in some off season work with @QBC_Nashville’s Thomas Morris. From the left are 2023 @MarcelReed12, 2023 @kenny_minchey, 2024 @CodyPagach and 2025 @GeorgeMacIntyr6. pic.twitter.com/uVDOzNUO7w
— Coach Pagach (@KylePagach) April 3, 2022