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Pitt Now a Possibility for Virginia Guard Moritz Schmoranzer after Unofficial Visit



It didn’t take long for Moritz Schmoranzer to really try and learn more about the Pitt football program.

Just six days after receiving an offer from Dave Borbely, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive guard from Roanoke, Virginia traveled to Pittsburgh on Monday for an unofficial visit with his parents who traveled in from Germany.

Courtesy Moritz Schmoranzer

Prior to receiving the offer from Pitt, Schmoranzer released a top two of Wake Forest and Virginia Tech but that has changed with Pitt now a possibility.

Last night on his drive home to Virginia, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Schmoranzer about his first trip to Pittsburgh and his day with the Pitt staff.

“I had a great time,” said Schmoranzer. “We arrived there at 8, Coach Borbely was waiting for us at the gate and said, ‘let’s go to the Pitt side, not the Steelers side’. He showed me that they share facilities with the Steelers which I didn’t know. I believe that they’re the only college team to do that. That’s something that definitely stood out to me. Later we ate in their cafeteria, and I think I talked with the O-line coach of the Steelers for a bit. They then showed us the campus. We didn’t get a chance to see the stadium because we were on a tight schedule.”

Now that he’s getting serious about his recruitment, making these visits are extremely important. I asked Schmoranzer what he was trying to find out and focus on while at Pitt.

“One of the biggest things for me is to try and learn about the family aspect of the team. With my real family back in Germany, my new team will become my new family. I didn’t get a chance to meet the players and learn about that, but I will be able to do that when I come back for my official visit. Another thing is the development of the players for the NFL. Coach Borbely told me that he doesn’t like to brag but I believe he told me that he’s put 32 guys into the NFL, which is pretty impressive.”

Courtesy Moritz Schmoranzer

“I can tell Coach Borbely definitely knows what he’s talking about and he’s a teacher, which some coaches in the college level aren’t. Coach Borbely knows what he’s talking about and has a teaching scheme there and has values that are important to him. I like that as well. Just as a person, he’s a bit older but he’s really funny.”

Schmoranzer says that at the end of the day, the two sides talked about him coming back in June for an official visit so that he can meet and build a relationship with players on the team.

“I’ll probably take an official visit to Wake as well and if anything else comes up, I’ll take a look at it,” said Schmoranzer.

Currently, Pitt has 11 commitments in their Class of 2024, with two of those coming from offensive lineman in three-stars Jiavani Cooley and Adham Abouraya.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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