Before starting a weekend of official visits, the Pitt football program hosted a couple of talented players that hold offers from the ACC champions.
2024 wide receiver Evan Austin and 2024 four-star defensive end Dominic Nichols, both from Oakdale High School in Maryland, arrived in Pittsburgh early Thursday morning for an unofficial visit.
Austin (6-foot, 175 pounds) has an offer list of Pitt, Boston College, Akron, Buffalo, Kent State, Maryland, Toledo and Virginia Tech. Nichols, who’s a 247 Sports Top 200 four-star recruit, has offers from Pitt, Boston College, Maryland, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo and Virginia Tech.
On his drive back to Maryland, Austin talked with Pittsburgh Sports Now about his first visit to Pittsburgh and the impression it made on him.
“We’ve been trying to plan this visit for a little while now,” Austin told PSN. “Me and Dom have both been interested in Pitt and we both wanted to come down and see the campus. We were finally able to hook something up with Coach Powell to come down today and it was awesome.
“We hopped on one of the Tajhos that Pitt has and drove around the whole campus, we then got to go into the basketball facility, we got to drive around the city of Pittsburgh for a bit. We also got to go into the new freshman dorms that the players stay in which were awesome and it was brand new. We then went back to Pitt’s main football facility and got to meet and hang out with some of the players and saw some of them lifting. From there, we were able to talk with Coach Pat which was very awesome. We tried on some of Pitt’s gear and took some pictures in those and got to sit in a players meeting and talked with the wide receivers coach and I was able to learn about him. It was a great day.”
That was a lot for Austin and Nichols to cram in between 8 a.m and noon but both were glad they made the visit as they have a new appreciation for Pitt.
“The things that really stood out to me the most were just the campus in general, it just looked some brand new and I loved it,” said Austin. “I also really liked the city feeling of Pitt. I also liked getting to meet the Pitt players and getting the chance to see some of the Steeler players since they share the facility with them. I got to see some of the rookies practicing out there like Kenny Pickett, which was cool. Really, just the whole facility itself is what I’m going to remember the most, really great facilities.
“Getting the chance to personally see and experience Pitt was way different for me. I’ve never ever been to the area before. So, being around everyone and getting a feal for everything, having coaches and players talk to me and knowing where everyone is coming from, especially the wide receivers coach. I’ve never met him before, so getting the chance to talk to him in person about a few different things and sitting in the players lounge with the guys and getting the feel for what it would be like to be a player there doesn’t even compare to communicating over the phone and through messages and pictures.”
This was the start of a busy upcoming stretch for Austin as he will take part in upcoming football camps at Ohio State, Michigan State and a few other places.
“The (Pitt) coaches said they want to get us both back up here and we’re going to keep in touch and get us back down here eventually. We both want to get back down here as soon as possible.”