The class of 2023 will not be able to officially put the pen to paper and sign until December’s National Signing Day, which shows just how far off the class of 2028 still is. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t on the radar.
Pitt hosted Austan Cristiaan, a sixth grader from the Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida, at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side Thursday, and it’s just the latest stop for the young quarterback.
— Austan Cristiaan (@AustanQB) July 28, 2022
Cristiaan (5-foot-8, 150 pounds) is rated QB Hit List’s No. 2 quarterback in the class of 2028, and he’s already made unofficial visits to Pitt, West Virginia, Texas A&M, LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Jackson State, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, among others, and he competed at the Manning Passing Academy as a camper in June — the same camp at which Kedon Slovis served as a camp counselor.
Whistle Sports named Cristiaan as America’s Youth Sports Prodigy, and he’s competed at a variety of camps this spring and summer. He also led his middle school to an undefeated conference championship season.
“Austan can attack a defense in many ways, whether it comes from a quick strike over the middle or a deep vertical throw downfield,” QB Hit List said. “Good strength in arm with high velocity throws. Tight trajectory with minimal drag.
“This is an area of strength for Austan. He’s fundamentally sound. An over the top delivery with a full arm extension. Very good feet placement and stride on his set up.”
Cristiaan is obviously a very long way away from even reaching high school, but he’s clearly a young quarterback to watch in the cycles to come. And Pitt now has that added level of familiarity with assistant quarterbacks coach Jon DiBiaso.