Pitt FB Recruiting
2024 3-Star OL Target Moritz Schmoranzer Taking Official Visit to Pitt
Moritz Schmoranzer was set to decide between Wake Forest and Virginia Tech earlier this month, but when Pitt arrived with an offer right before his scheduled commitment, he took a step back to reconsider.
Schmoranzer — a 6-foot-4, 275-pound three-star offensive lineman from North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia — processed the official offer from Dave Borbely, made it out for an official visit a week later and will be making it back out once again.
He announced on Twitter that he will be taking an official visit in Pittsburgh from June 22-24.
I’ll be officially visiting @Pitt_FB in june from the 22nd-24th. Can’t wait! @CoachBorbs @CoachDuzzPittFB @CoachAPowell #H2P @BrettJones58 @BigplayST @Football_CoachA @ajones_92 @Rivals pic.twitter.com/gyFm3QA9DS
— Moritz “Schmo” Schmoranzer (@MoritzSchmoran1) May 18, 2023
Schmoranzer, who is originally from Germany and has spent just two seasons playing tackle football, has received offers from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, James Madison, Liberty, Ohio, Old Dominion, Towson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Michigan.
He’s visited both Virginia Tech and Wake Forest in the last month, along with Liberty and Virginia, but he made his most recent visit to Pitt earlier this month.
Schmoranzer brought his parents, who had flown in from Germany for the occasion, to check out the atmosphere and culture in place at Pitt and spend some one-on-one time with the coaching staff.
“I had a great time,” Schmoranzer told PSN after the visit. “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.”
Schmoranzer has been able to build a good relationship with Borbely, who was a coach at Virginia when his high school defensive coordinator played there, and he’s able to see how Borbely plans to develop him as a lineman.
Considering Schmoranzer’s inexperience in playing tackle football, playing soccer and running track (actually running, boasting a 13.01 100-yard dash at 275 pounds) in Germany, his rise as an offensive lineman has been very quick.
He’s only played one season on the offensive line, spending his first season in the United States as a wide receiver, and that speed and athleticism are what jump off the screen when watching him play either tackle spot.
247Sports rates Schmoranzer as the 43rd-ranked interior lineman and the 18th-ranked recruit from Virginia. Neither Rivals nor On3 have rated him yet, but he does hold a 5.6 Rivals Rating.
Schmoranzer said he will likely take an official visit to Wake Forest, and he’s scheduled another for West Virginia.
Pitt will be hosting quite a few prospects on that last weekend in June, including the likes of four-star cornerback Fred Gaskin, four-star defensive lineman Sincere Edwards, three-star defensive end Gavench Marcelin, three-star wide receiver Triston Ward and a pair of commits in Davin Brewton and Ty Yuhas.
Pitt has secured offensive lineman commitments from three-star Adham Abouraya and three-star Jiavani Cooley so far.
I look forward to hearing Bill Hillgrove try to pronounce that name.