Pitt FB Recruiting
Pitt Lands Commitment from 2024 3-Star Nebraska TE Eric Ingwerson
Eric Ingwerson had a checklist in the back of his mind as he visited Pitt over the weekend. He wasn’t planning on committing after flying in, but as each box was checked off, he had no other choice.
Ingwerson — a 6-foot-7, 235-pound tight end from Papillion-La Vista High in Papillion, Nebraska — made it out to Pittsburgh for an unofficial visit, checking out spring ball down on the South Side, and after he officially picked up an offer, he one-upped it. He told the staff that he had seen enough.
“If they had that family feel, if I felt at home, and on top of that, if it was my first Power Five, I was committing,” Ingwerson told PSN. “And (Pitt) had all of that, they checked all the boxes.”
Ingwerson officially committed over the weekend and announced it via Twitter Tuesday afternoon — becoming the sixth commit in Pitt’s class of 2024.
It was Ingwerson’s first time in Pittsburgh over the weekend, and the chance to check out the city and see for himself how practice is run was awesome, of course, but it was the connections he’s built — seeing those relationships blossom in person — that made him feel comfortable in pledging himself to Pitt.
Ingwerson built a relationship with tight ends coach Tim Salem over the last few months, ever since Salem sent him a graphic over social media, and it’s a relationship that only got stronger as it transitioned from virtual to in-person. Salem is a big reason why he felt comfortable committing, but it was truly the whole package.
“Entering the city through the bridge, you just see the beautiful city, and then you look to your left and there’s the beautiful stadium, and you get the midwestern feel,” Ingwerson said. “I just really loved it. It felt like home, and then when I met coach Salem, he was a super cool guy.
“Meeting with all the coaches, it felt like I was talking to family. And it just really had that family feeling, and obviously, all the facilities are nice, which is a plus, so I would just say they’re people persons. That’s a huge thing for me, relationships.”
Ingwerson picked up his offer from head coach Pat Narduzzi himself over the weekend, which definitely was not lost upon him, and he felt like as he watched Salem coach the tight ends, it was a place he belonged.
“Just watching them in practice, they looked like they were having fun,” Ingwerson said. “And I just felt like I could really fit in there with the playstyle and their route running and blocking. And I feel like the way coach Salem coaches, he’s more of a teacher coach, and I love that, so that’s also a huge reason why I committed because I feel like I fit in the tight ends room.”
In 10 games as a junior at Papillion-La Vista, in a run-heavy scheme, which he embraced, he hauled in 10 receptions for 175 yards and three touchdowns. It’s not a season that jumps off the page statistically, and his biggest asset right now may be blocking, but at 6-foot-7, he’s certainly a red zone threat.
“I’m a very aggressive blocker, and if you put me in the end zone, it’s gonna be a head top,” Ingwerson said.
247Sports rates Ingwerson as the 148th-ranked athlete and the 11th-ranked recruit from Nebraska while Rivals and On3 haven’t yet, that will change soon. With offers from Northern Illinois and Northern Iowa, and interest from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Iowa State, his national brand will rise.
Ingwerson is ready for Pitt fans to watch him show out on the field, but he’s very eager to show that it’s his hard work and dedication in every aspect of his game that will shine through.
He’s Pitt’s sixth recruit in the class of 2024, the first tight end in the class and the first tight end landed since the class of 2021. He joins four-stars DayDay Farmer (Cocoa, Florida) and Jahsear Whittington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and three-stars Juelz Goff (York, Pennsylvania), Francis Brewu (Columbus, Ohio) and Ty Tuhas (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
Pitt has recruited tight ends hard in the class of 2024, and with Ingwerson’s commitment, it’s clear that Pitt’s staff has found a recruit that fits a lot of boxes. Just as Pitt did for him