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.”
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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.