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Pitt Offer is Huge for 2023 3-Star QB, UNLV Commit Ty Dieffenbach

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It’s been a crazy week for California senior quarterback Ty Dieffenbach.

First, the UNLV commit found out that his future head coach Marcus Arroyo was fired after three seasons with the Rebels. That obviously put his future with UNLV up in the air.

Then today, something else happened that made that commitment very much uncertain.

The native of Agoura, California got a visit from Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, who informed him he’d received an offer from the Panthers.

Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Dieffenbach following his big news and started off by asking him where this relationship with Pitt started?

“Well, obviously their previous quarterback commitment de-committed and on Monday, they told me they were going through Twitter and looking at 2023 quarterbacks and came across my film,” said Dieffenbach. “They got in touch with me on Monday and we’ve been talking ever since. Coach Salem was going to come out to watch me throw but Coach Cignetti decided he wanted to come out. So, he flew in last night and this morning we threw, and he offered me.

“I wouldn’t say that I was nervous, but I will say that there was some adrenaline there because it’s Pitt and they’re incredible. But once I started throwing all that stuff went away and I was locked in ready to go.”

During the short throwing session, Dieffenbach talked to us about what Cignetti wanted to see and what ultimately impressed him.

“He wanted to see some deep outs,” said Dieffenbach. “Me getting under center and a seven-step drop, 5-step drops, deep outs, deep-ins, comebacks. It was like a 10-minute workout but on the last throw, he wanted me to play-action to the right and roll-out left and throw a 15-yard out. That’s pretty much what he wanted to see and that’s kind of what made him offer me.”

Dieffenbach tells PSN that two big strong points of his game are his arm strength and the accuracy with which he throws while on the run.

“When Coach told me about the offer, I was just fired up. I was like, ‘Thank you so much, Coach.’ This offer from Pitt is a huge deal for me and my family. It was awesome.”

The final thing we discussed was how this offer from Pitt impacts his commitment to UNLV and whether he’s planning on making an upcoming visit.

“This offer definitely makes things interesting now. Obviously, I love UNLV because it’s amazing up there,” said Dieffenbach. “Coach Arroyo made it feel like home but he’s not there anymore. Now I have a big decision to make and Coach wants me to get up there in the next couple of weeks to see Pittsburgh and the campus. It makes things interesting.”

Although an exact date hasn’t been decided on, Dieffenbach says he will make an official visit to Pitt.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago

Pitt is getting desperate. They are not even attempting to win any recruiting battles at this point. Cignetti is getting his tail kicked in by B10, ACC, SEC and AAC recruiters.

He’s not even trying.

H2P

Eric payne
Eric payne
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

This kid has a strong arm and he moves very well. He might be a sleeper. He is worth the scolarship.

Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  Eric payne

So far, all of our QB recruits have been sleepers since losing Minchey. Nothing wrong with one once in awhile, but this is the answer to losing Minchey? He has offers from SDSU and Colorado.

I respectfully disagree.

H2P

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

Roughly 1300 seniors out nearly 250,000 that played high-school football in the United States this year will land D1 FBS P5 scholarships. That is less than about 0.5% or one out of every 200.
This guy is good and all the other 3* players that land on On3, Rivals, and 247Sports ratings.
It’s just when they play each other at P5 level does parity re-enter.
In the event these guys drop to G5, FCS, D2 their stats pop out.
Only a handful of the P5 guys at any position stand-out, like CK8 at DT. Give him some credit.

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

Ask three-star rated Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen if he worries about being an unoffered JUCO transfer to Wyoming as he counts all those zeroes on his latest NFL contract.

Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

You can make that case with the occasional guy that gets overlooked. Southern Miss was Favre’s only D1 offer to play QB. I get it.

But that’s the exception.

With the success Narduzzi has had recently, there is no reason Pitt shouldn’t be getting higher profile QBs in my opinion. You want to play for the ACC Championship every few years? You will need a better QB. We got lucky with KP.

Look at his options for next season. Is anyone really excited about who’s going to be running the offense?

H2P

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

How about Recruit ‘college’ dual threat instead of immobile pro style QB at PITT. Pittsburgh’s Rasheed Marshall made PITT baffled while at WVU. Dononvan McNabb Cuse’ made us look awful as well as Michael Vick VaTech. Malik, Jeff Sims, Hendan, Drake QB’d teams that beat us, dual-threats.
Slovis is more accurate than what Patti looked against UTK but Patti is the dual threat in the RPO attack.
It’s OK to have a ‘College’ guy at QB look at UGA and Rudy playing QB for them, dual-threat.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

What does that have to do with this kid? If this is another argument for pitt always taking low 3* and “coaching them up” then I get it but that very rarely happens and it just ignores the fact that pitt and it’s staff are not pulling the talent they need to take the next jump even after an acc title.

Chuck
Chuck
1 month ago

Pitt is getting out recruited by teams that put fans in their seats no matter whom they’re playing. Pitt doesn’t even have their own stadium.

Burton Tee
Burton Tee
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

If that’s the case, why didn’t Pitt offer him earlier?

When Minchey bolted, Pitt had no Plan B.

He might be decent. But he wasn’t even an afterthought three weeks ago.

All I’m saying is QB has been a position that we seem to have trouble recruiting for some reason.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

Exactly, the recruiting coordinator and staff have no idea how to recruit.

Dsquared
Dsquared
1 month ago

They have no idea how to recruit but they recruited Minchey.
I agree the QB recruiting has not been great but they had Minchey.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Dsquared

everyone recruited Minchey and they never had him.

Jane
Jane
1 month ago

You be a 🤡

Sousesider
Sousesider
1 month ago

And you watch film for a living and have any idea what it takes to sit in a kids kitchen… I’m convinced you are sit in your moms basement exercising your fingers blessing us with your knowledge.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Sousesider

Trying to make sense of the above…I’ve broken down film and recruited. The old “sitting in mom’s basement” routine doesn’t mask the fact that pitt has a recruiting problem.

Jane
Jane
1 month ago

🤦🏼‍♂️

Jane
Jane
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

Really under coach 3 Qb have gone on to NFL …you watching the same team as I

Dixon
Dixon
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

Well, Minchey really screwed Pitt. Decommitting a couple weeks before signing day doesn’t really allow time for building any kind of relationship with a new recruit…I get the “desperation”.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Dixon

If the coaches took the word of a kid in this day and age that he wasn’t decommitting then that’s on them. If they also hadn’t kept any relationships during this time is also a big lapse in judgement. You never stop recruiting, especially when the ND noise has been happening for quite some time. pitt and duzz failed big time here.

Dixon
Dixon
1 month ago

Pitt had their QB for ’23 class, to expect them to have another quality QB on “retainer” is unrealistic. If this happened in Sept, Oct, I would agree with you, but two weeks before signing day is no time to be shopping for the most important player on a teams roster. As you often say, Pitt ain’t Alabama, they’re not flipping a power five committed QB entering the second week of Dec.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Dixon

Don’t have to have one on retainer, but certainly if they didn’t keep relationships then that’s a big problem. pitt will never flip an Alabama kid, but they also shouldn’t be scrounging for low 3* a year after winning acc

Chuck
Chuck
1 month ago
Reply to  Dixon

He,was already in school. I knew,there would be a problem when I heard Norte Dame offering him.

ec2it
ec2it
1 month ago
Reply to  Burton Tee

Minchey was a sleeper until Pitt offered him, just saying !!!

Jane
Jane
1 month ago

High school QB is about development kid has it will he develop that the ? …

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

If he has an 8th grade level grasp of the English language he’ll be able to coherently post comments in a sports forum.

Tarzan
Tarzan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jane

Huh???

Sharon
Sharon
1 month ago

If it were anyone but Cignetti, I would say the guy has a chance to develop into a good ACC qb. But it is Cignetti, he is the worst there is.

Sharon
Sharon
1 month ago

This is for sure:
If Narduzzi kept the OC Whipple from last year, or hired a decent OC, we would be in the ACC champ game this year. Addison would still be a panther. Minchey would not have decommitted.
I am so disappointed in Narduzzi on who he has coaching our qb’s.
I’ll still be a loyal Pitt fan. Eventually we will get this fixed but it sounds like it won’t be 2023.

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Sharon

$825k > $475k is why Whipple is at Nebraska.

Dixon
Dixon
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

…and seven figure NIL deal is why Addison is at USC.

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Dixon

Addison goes ahead of two 1st Rd NFL WR draftees this Spring if allowed to go Pro. The 3 Year rule is next up for arbitration.
Do you think Caleb Williams and Drake Maye need another Year as an amateur?
Bryce Harper’s GED probably lies beside his 9-figure MLB contract.
Cardale Jones QB at Ohio State said it best.

Tim
Tim
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

Drake May is a talented player. Not ready for the NFL.

kevin
kevin
1 month ago

If this kid has a high ceiling then it’s a decent offer. Much better than Trey Aderson, who couldn’t throw the ball 50 yds.
Slovis is coming back, and he WILL be the starter (NO MATTER WHAT), so after he leaves it will be time to get serious about getting a transfer QB – That’s our model. However, it’s impossible to get a good transfer QB until they are told they will be the starter.

Cignetti & Friends
Cignetti & Friends
1 month ago
Reply to  kevin

Trey Anderson, that was like 11 years ago, Graham brought him in because he had a hunch Tino s8cked. He was right.

SRS
SRS
1 month ago

Pat Bostick was National Top 100 coming out of High School. Outside of handing the ball off to LeSean McCoy in the 13-9 WVU game what did he do?

Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

This kid looks good. Has that Kenny Pickett toughness to him. Will need to put on a few pounds though.

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