Despite living in Pennsylvania, quarterback Alex Erby had never visited Pitt before but that changed this weekend.
The sophomore from Steelton-Highspire High School in Steelton, Pennsylvania made a visit to take part in Pitt’s Prospects Camp on South Side. Erby recently received his offer from Pitt on May 18 from offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr. Along with Pitt, Erby holds offers from Nebraska, Maryland, Temple, Minnesota, Louisville, Duke, UConn, Bowling Green and Akron.
Erby spoke with PSN on Sunday night and said the visit was more than he expected although the day didn’t go totally perfect.
“For it being my first time down there and the first-time stepping foot in the Pitt facility, the entire program welcomed me with open arms, they were great. All the coaches, especially Coach DiBiaso, showing me and my dad all around the place. Coach Narduzzi was great and pretty much talking and coaching me like he would his quarterback next year. Before I said Pitt was in my top three but after being there, they’re definitely at the top especially because of the coaches and the way they handle things at Pitt.”
“The facilities were great and just seeing how close they are with the Steelers. It’s amazing we’re right there with them and how many times you can see them on a daily basis. Seeing guys like Mike Tomlin and Najee Harris it’s unbelievable and very different than any other place.”
Aside from visiting with the coaches and touring the facilities, Erby was scheduled to work out in Pitt’s prospect camp but unfortunately that wasn’t able to happen.
“I wasn’t supposed to run the forty today (Sunday), but Coach Narduzzi wanted to see me run the forty and wanted to see my run and clock in because he never was able to see me run or anything like that,” said Erby. “I had a hamstring injury like two weeks before this and after I ran the forty today, I tweaked it while I was breaking down and still ran a 4.8. Because of that, I didn’t end up participating in the camp.”
Although he wasn’t able to throw, Erby considered the day a success mostly because of what he saw and learned about Pitt, especially in conversations with various coaches throughout the day.
“Had great talks about things I really didn’t know about the quarterback position, weight transfer and stuff like that. Although I didn’t participate in it, the coaches included me in all the conversations and instruction that went on in drills. They really tried to coach me up and basically were doing everything they can to help me out and get to know me.”
“For sure, I get the sense that the Pitt coaches are really interested in me,” said Erby. “They check in how I’m doing. After a recent 7-on-7 camp, they wanted to see how my performance was. I send the coaches video of me working out, just to try and strengthen our relationship. I think they’re very interested in me, and I’m very interested in them as well.”
With both sides being “interested” in each other, despite being only a sophomore, I asked Erby is it possible that he makes an early commitment to Pitt?
“My father and I talk about a college decision every single day. But at the end of the day, I want me and my brother to go to the same school. My dad tells me that if you feel a school feels like it could be your home for the next four years, then go do it because it’s not his decision, it’s my decision. Go where your heart is telling you. With all this transfer portal stuff that’s going on, make the right decision because it’s going to be one of the most important decisions of your life. Make sure you’re building the relationships with all the coaches, all the teams and showing them all respect but if one place in particular is feeling like home, then go choose it.”
Up next for Erby are visits to Penn State this weekend (his team is participating in a 7-on-7 camp), Vanderbilt, Florida and Duke.