Sometimes all it takes to find talent is being in the right place at the right time.
The Pitt coaching staff has been familiar with West Orange High in Winter Garden, Florida for a while, especially as the staff has watched 2024 quarterback target Trever Jackson, and that’s resulted in a big development. Two of them.
2023 offensive linemen Brody and Grayson Riffe picked up preferred walk-on offers from Pitt Thursday. The Riffe brothers, both of whom are listed at 6-foot-8, 300 pounds, have lined up to protect Jackson for a while now.
While neither Brody nor Grayson has expansive offer sheets, size is unteachable.
Wow! I am so blessed and honored to have received an offer to the University of Pittsburgh, this wouldn’t have happened without my family, my coaches and most importantly GOD! #H2P @CoachFicka @Coach_GThompson @WestOrangeFB @CoachTimSalem @CoachDuzzPittFB @Pitt_FB pic.twitter.com/cNXjbsHrpS
— Brody Riffe (@brody_riffe) January 13, 2023
AGTG! I am incredibly blessed and honored to have received an offer to the University of Pittsburgh! I want to thank all my coaches for making this happen! #H2P @CoachFicka @Coach_GThompson @WestOrangeFB @CoachTimSalem @CoachDuzzPittFB @Pitt_FB pic.twitter.com/Sd7JrrxDu7
— Graysen Riffe2023 (@GraysenRiffe) January 13, 2023
Dave Borbely, Pitt’s offensive line coach, was able to watch Brody and Graysen firsthand in December, checking out West Orange High while on a recruiting visit.
And after receiving their PWO offers, the Riffe brothers will be making a visit to Pittsburgh next weekend.
MaxPreps credits Brody with 23 pancake blocks (in six games) and Graysen with 17 (in eight games) as the brother bookended the line for West Orange at the tackle spots.
The Riffe brothers are blessed with a blend of size and power that most offensive linemen can only dream of possessing, and while it remains to be seen if Pitt’s interest will progress in the future, Borbely was clearly intrigued by the potential the brothers have to offer at the next level.
Pitt has picked up a PWO commitment from IMG Academy post-grad quarterback David Lynch (Bradenton, Florida), and the class of 2023 landed four offensive linemen in Ryan Carretta (Columbus Ohio), BJ Williams (Fairburn, Georgia), Tai Ray (Apopka, Florida).