Brody Kosin didn’t know exactly what to expect when he visited Pittsburgh Saturday, for the first time, but it still exceeded even his wildest expectations.
Well, he knew what the city looked like, and he knew that the Pitt coaches liked him. So, he was excited. But it was still better than he could have expected.
Kosin — a three-star tight end from Clarkston High in Clarkston, Michigan — made it out for Pitt’s Junior Day over the weekend. And after a day in Pittsburgh, he fell in love.
“I loved it,” Kosin told PSN. “Not gonna lie, flat out, I loved it. I liked everything about it. I loved the city, I loved the energy at the game, I loved the fanbase, I loved the coaches. Honestly, I loved it.”
— brody kosin (@brody_kosin) January 24, 2023
Kosin was able to spend a lot of time with tight ends coach Tim Salem Saturday, but he spent time with Archie Collins (who recruited him out of Michigan) and got to know Pat Narduzzi really well, too.
The bond with the coaching staff, and the mutual interest from both sides, is a draw.
Salem and Kosin sat down in the tight ends room, watched some of Pitt’s film from 2022, watched some of Kosin’s film from 2022 and compared the two. The pair broke down plays, looking for comparisons — and Salem offered compliments, of course.
“Pitt tight ends kinda do everything,” Kosin said. “They’re split out wide, they’re in the box blocking, they’re in motion, they’re in the slot, and that’s what I do in high school.”
As a junior at Clarkston, operating in a run-heavy offense as a receiver and a blocker, Kosin (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) racked up 250 yards (14.7 yards per catch) and five touchdowns on just 17 catches.
Salem would, of course, be Kosin’s future position coach if he were to attend Pitt. He already has a lot of respect for Salem as a coach and the way he operates.
“I think he’s very interested in me, and I love that from him,” Kosin said. “I think he’s a cool guy who knows what he’s talking about, and I have a lot of respect for him.”
The football aspect, bonding with the coaching staff and looking for a fit in the system, was an important factor in the visit. But so was getting to see the campus, getting to see Pittsburgh, for the first time.
“I always grew up in the suburbs, I didn’t really grow up in a city, so I knew I wanted to go to college town in the city,” Kosin said. “And the dorms and the housing right in the middle of Pittsburgh was definitely a high point for me, and I loved it.”
The Junior Day visit checked a lot of boxes for Kosin, but he’s still in the middle of a recruiting process that includes offers from Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Miami (Oh.), Toledo and Western Michigan.
Kosin is making visits to Kentucky and Indiana in the days and weeks to come, but he’s also planning on making it back to Pittsburgh for the Pitt spring game — and likely taking an official visit in the summer.
He wants to commit in June, and as of right now, Pitt has jumped to a very favorable position for Kosin.
“On the car ride home with my dad, I was like, ‘I could 100% be a Panther,'” Kosin said. “I’m not gonna commit right now obviously, but it’s a very top choice for me. I loved it.”
247Sports rates Kosin as the 534th-ranked recruit in the class (23rd-ranked tight end and 15th-ranked recruit from Michigan). On3 rates him as the 25th-ranked tight end and the 14th-ranked recruit from Michigan.