Grant Beerman made his first visit to Pitt back in June, and it was a memorable one.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior linebacker from Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio attended a Pitt prospects camp and earned an offer from Randy Bates and Pat Narduzzi.
Three months later, Beerman tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he will make a return visit to Pittsburgh this Saturday for the Panthers’ second game of the season against the Cincinnati Bearcats.
PSN caught up with Beerman this morning about his current relationship with Pitt and how the coaching staff has stayed in touch since extending an offer back in June.
Currently, Beerman’s list of offers includes Pitt, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Miami (Oh.), Purdue, Toledo and UMass.
“I have been fortunate to develop a great relationship with coach Bates over the last year,” Beerman said. “He invited me out for a visit in early spring and I came back for a camp in June, where I was fortunate to receive an offer. At that visit, my family and I had a great conversation with Coach Narduzzi and a couple of the other coaches.
“It was a great conversation about the program, and they showed a real interest in me and my family. I have been impressed with the program and the coaches. The facilities are amazing, and I really like the school and the campus. I have not been to a Pitt game, so I am really looking forward to experiencing the game environment.
“I have had good back and forth communication since August 1, including the game invites and several conversations with the coaches. I feel like it is a good relationship that is building, which is important to me.”
Since this will be his first gameday visit to Pitt, we asked Beerman if there was anything he’s looking forward to seeing or learning about Pitt.
“I am most looking forward to getting the feel for the game environment and see how the coaches handle the buildup and pre-game,” said Beerman. “I love the excitement building up to the game and look forward to seeing how Pitt does it. And I am excited to see Pitt play live and have a closer look at how the defense operates.”
Beerman will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Ryan Manalac’s unit but already believes that his skillset would fit in well with what the Panthers run defensively.
“I would describe myself as a versatile and quick defender,” Beerman said. “I play inside linebacker now but also love playing the edge. I am told coaches love my tall frame and the speed I bring to the game. I have been playing since kindergarten and love the game, which makes me a smarter defender on the field. I believe that speed and versatility will fit in great in Pitt’s defense.”
247Sports rates Beerman as the 53rd-ranked linebacker and the 31st-ranked recruit from Ohio in the class of 2025, and while Rivals and On3 haven’t rated him yet, that will certainly change throughout his junior season.
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