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Pitt Football Offers Highly Recruited East Coast Quarterback



It’s a been a busy week for Pitt offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr.

With spring practice wrapped up, Cignetti has turned a lot of his attention to recruiting and two of the more interesting offers he’s made have gone to quarterbacks.

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Pitt’s offensive boss extended offers to 2024 3-star quarterback Miles O’Neil (Princeton, New Jersey) and to one of the more highly recruited quarterbacks on the East Coast.

Blake Hebert is a 6’3″, 215-pound athlete from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 247sports ranks him as one of the Top 20 sophomore quarterbacks in the country and the No. 1 overall prospect in Massachusetts. In 12 games last season, Hebert completed 111 of 185 passes for 1,748 yards, 24 touchdowns and only one interception.

Courtesy Blake Hebert

Not surprisingly, Pitt isn’t the only program pursuing this gunslinger. Just in the two days, Hebert has received offers from Boston College, Iowa, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Nebraska. Prior to those, he received ones from Virginia and Rutgers.

“The last few days have been really good. It’s been busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Hebert. “It’s been humbling and my mindset moving forward is to just keep my head down, keep working and to put the pads on and getting back on the field. All of this has been surprising but in a good way. Ever since I was young, I was confident in my ability to succeed at every level that I compete at. This has been very fun, not to say that I saw all of this coming, but I’ve always been confident in myself to obtain all of these opportunities.”

“A lot of coaches have been super complimentary of my film. Personally, I think a big strength of mine is my ability to dissect a defense. I’m able to put my eyes in the right spot pre-snap and I think that I can let the ball go pretty good. I have pretty good football and yeah, my overall vision of the field is where I get most of my success from. Every since he’s been in the league, I like Josh Allen, just his ability to look guys off and also make plays with his feet.”

Courtesy Blake Hebert

Considering Pitt’s ties to Massachusetts with assistant quarterbacks coach Jonathan DiBiaso, it’s not a surprise that Pitt identified Hebert early and that he received the offer from Cignetti. Hebert tells me that his first impression of Cignetti was a good one.

“I was super excited talking with Coach Cignetti,” said Hebert. “It was a great conversation. He was super complimentary of me; he was a super nice guy. I was at a Pitt camp earlier last summer, so I’m familiar with the campus and their facilities, so that added to the excitement a bit. I can tell that he (Cignetti) knows a lot about the game, he’s very smart and I can tell that he can call an offense and he’s proven that. Very likeable guy.”

Since he’ll only be entering his junior season, Hebert says that he has some time to make a decision but also admits that a quarterback sometime is on a different timeline to commit than other position players. Right now, him and his family are just evaluating everything that’s happening and are looking for an environment and a program that best fits his skills and himself as a person.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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