It took almost all of June, but Pitt has finally landed an offensive lineman commit. And it’s come from a big, strong offensive lineman from just south of Cleveland.
3-star offensive lineman Colin Van Rooy (6’5”, 300-pounds) informed Pat Narduzzi that he was committing and joining Pitt’s Class of 2023 and becomes Pitt’s 12th commitment.
Van Rooy is from Strongsville, Ohio and earned his offer while taking part in Pitt’s prospect camp two weeks ago.
Following his announcement, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Van Rooy who admitted he was leaning towards committing this weekend and that decision was cemented after spending time with members of Pitt’s offensive line.
”It was special hanging out with the guys,” said Van Rooy. “I had a couple offensive lineman as my hosts and you could just feel how tight and the bond that those guys had. There’s a specific bond that the offensive lineman have. Not many people know what that’s like and when you’re able to bond like that, it creates a special vibe.”
”My host was Ryan Jacoby and I talked a lot with Ryan Baer, who’s from East Lake. I used to train with him for awhile. They were telling me what the coaches were actually like. They said Coach Borbs is a great coach and doesn’t really yell but will get on your ass when you’re not doing something well which I love from a coach.”
Van Rooy describes himself as a smart player who plays fast and “is very technique driven and I follow the program, that’s it.”
Van Rooy tells PSN that it’s not been determined which position he’ll play but knows that the staff was excited when he gave them the news this morning.
“I told them this morning, it was at the end of the visit,” said Van Rooy. “I told Coach Narduzzi and he was just estatic. He opened the door at his office and told him everyone in the hallway waiting. It was just a great day overall.”