The Pitt football coaching staff took a weekend off from hosting players on official visits, but that didn’t mean they didn’t work.
Head coach Pat Narduzzi and his assistants instead were hosting various players in a prospect camp, which started Saturday and will finish on Sunday.
These camps are an opportunity for both the players and the Pitt football staff. For Pitt, they’re able to get a first-hand look at high school players at various age groups. For the players, it’s an opportunity to work out in front of Power Five coaches and in some cases, to possibly earn a scholarship.
For Grant Beerman, that’s exactly what happened.
Beerman is a Class of 2025, 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. Before today, Beerman held offers from Purdue, Duke, Marshall, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and UMass.
After his performance today on the South Side, Beerman has added Pitt to that list.
“I visited Pitt in the spring because [defensive coordinator] Randy Bates comes to our school a lot,” Beerman said. “After seeing him a couple of times, he sent me Pitt’s spring schedule, so I wanted to come down to the campus and check them out. So, in the spring, that was the first time that I visited Pitt. From there, I had one of my showcases at Lakota West and from there, Coach Bates suggested to me that I come attend a camp at Pitt because I could get further evaluated from the coaching staff. So, that’s what made me want to come down and participate in Pitt’s camp.”
Considering he already help two Power Five offers, as long as he impressed the Pitt football staff, this was a good opportunity for Beerman to add a third one.
“Going into it, I take every camp the same. I was a little nervous, but I knew it was an opportunity for me to showcase myself. I believed that I would be able to put up good combine stats and show the Pitt coaches how athletic I am. So, at the combine, we all ran the 40 [yard dash], the shuttle [run] and the broad [jump]. I think I excelled in the 40 for a linebacker, as I ran a good 4.6, which I say for a linebacker is pretty good. After that, we went into agility drills, where they’re able to see how you move. I also think that benefited me. We also did 1-on-1 drills with running backs and then 7-on-7’s.”
Following the drills, Beerman talked with Bates, who informed him that Narduzzi wanted to see him in his office, which was a pretty good indicator that a Pitt offer was coming.
“Going to his office and talking with him was kind of surreal,” Beerman said. “He was very welcoming and nice, and the conversation pretty much consisted of what my future holds and what the recruiting process would look like.”
“I’ve loved the Pitt coaching staff from the first day I met them. I really love Coach Bates, he’s one of my favorite coaches out of all of the colleges coaches I’ve met. Just going there today was just a further indication of what I’ve felt about Pitt. I love Coach Bates, I love Coach Narduzzi and it was great to talk to both of them. It actually felt like a genuine connection with them and that’s what I’m looking for. It was a really good day at Pitt.”