It’s time for the Pitt coaching staff to begin its pursuit of a tight end in the class of 2024. Pitt’s lone tight end in the class of 2024 has flipped his commitment from Pitt to Nebraska.
Eric Ingwerson — a 6-foot-7, 235-pound three-star tight end from Papillion-La Vista High in Papillion, Nebraska — had been committed to Pitt since March, but Nebraska has come after him hard since offering itself in April.
And it was impossible to keep Ingwerson from his hometown program.
“I have a really big family,” Ingwerson told Husker247’s Mike Schaefer today. “I’m really family oriented. I have 20 little cousins, six uncles, three aunts and a big family here. I’m just really close to them. Dinner every Sunday. With me being 14 hours away and them not being able to watch me, it’d really hurt me. It’d make me depressed almost, so I wouldn’t be able to do that. I also love Matt Rhule and the coaching staff at Nebraska. I feel like I fit in really well when they’re running 12 or 13 (personnel), so I had to make the flip when they contacted me.”
Ingwerson committed to Pitt after an unofficial visit in March, picking up his first Power Five offer from the Panthers and committing on the weekend of his visit.
“I always just thought the first to believe in me is where I’ll go,” Ingwerson told PSN when he committed. “And I was just waiting for that first Power Five offer. So, the first Power Five offer I was gonna commit because the first to believe in me, that’s where I was gonna go.”
A little less than a month after Ingwerson committed to Pitt, he picked up an offer from Matt Rhule and his hometown Huskers. It appeared that Pitt was able to fend off the Huskers’ advances throughout the summer, especially after an official visit that left Pat Narduzzi subtweeting Nebraska and Ingwerson reaffirming his commitment.
“I had a great time on my official visit,” Ingwerson told PSN after his OV. “My favorite part was meeting the team and getting to know the coaches even better. I also enjoyed touring even more parts of this beautiful city.
“I love Pitt even more than I did before. I’m 100% committed. I was talking with the players, and it felt like I was talking with family.”
But as is the case in high school recruiting, it’s not over until a player officially signs his letter of intent on Signing Day, and with Nebraska continuing to push hard for the local commit, the hometown Huskers won out.
Pitt does not have a tight end commit in the class of 2024 now, and Tim Salem and the coaching staff will certainly have work to do in securing a tight end commitment before Signing Day in December.