Downingtown East High wears blue and gold uniforms. So, it’s not as if Adham Abouraya is a stranger to pulling on a blue and gold jersey and hitting the field.
But when it comes to similarities between the high school near Philadelphia and the university in Pittsburgh, that’s about it. Pitt’s not exactly ‘home’ for the 2024 three-star offensive lineman, but he felt more at home than ever before during his last visit.
“It was only my second time yesterday going, but I felt fine,” Abouraya told PSN. “I felt normal. It felt like – I just liked it there. I didn’t feel uncomfortable or weird, and it was only my second time.”
Abouraya and his family made the cross-state trek to Pittsburgh Saturday to check out Pitt’s Junior Day, and it ended up being a great day for the whole family.
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The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Abouraya picked up an offer from Pitt last May, before a successful camp season ahead of his junior season, and he now holds offers from the likes of Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia — with interest from Penn State.
Abouraya hadn’t made a visit out to Pittsburgh since a gameday visit for the 45-21 win over Rhode Island in September, and his most recent visit was easily his most in-depth.
“I had a really good time, me and all of my family, we had a really good time,” Abouraya said. “There’s not really anything I can complain about. We all really enjoyed our time and I’m definitely going to come back.”
Abouraya was able to meet up with safeties coach Cory Sanders initially, who he has built a solid relationship with since Sanders initially extended his offer, but he was able to interact with offensive line coach Dave Borbely and Pat Narduzzi.
It’s a sign of the progression of the relationship between Abouraya and Pitt.
“It’s definitely gone up a lot,” Abouraya said. “I met coach Narduzzi on Thursday, he came to my school, and that was my second time meeting him because I met him after the Rhode Island game. But this was my first time really getting to talk to him. And I really like him. He seems like an amazing coach, and he’s fun to talk to.”
And if there’s a position group that Narduzzi likes on the roster, the offensive linemen would be way up there. Abouraya, to his credit, fits the mold of a Pitt lineman. He plays tackle at Downingtown East, but he’s capable of playing guard or tackle, and he’s quick and athletic in a huge frame.
The Downingtown East teams run the ball a lot, so he’s got plenty of experience getting physical and opening up holes for running backs to explode through.
It helps Abouraya to — if he were to commit to Pitt in the end — be able consistently watch NFL offensive and defensive lines go at it practice right at his own facility.
“I think my favorite thing about everything there is probably how they share the facility with the Steelers,” Abouraya said. “I feel like that’s just easy access to an NFL team because that’s the goal at the end of the day, so I think that gives me a big chance.”
Abouraya has ultimate dreams of the NFL, but he’s got a college decision looming on the not-too-far-away horizon. He’s a rising senior, so he has time, but he’s planning future visits. Syracuse, Maryland and Cincinnati are in the cards right now.
Pitt, which now has two visits under its belt, is in a good spot with him going forward.
“Pitt’s definitely one of my top schools,” Abouraya said.
247Sports hasn’t rated Abouraya yet, but Rivals currently rates him as the 23rd-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania in the class. Both sites will likely re-evaluate soon, too.