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Pitt QB Commit Earns Rave Review at Elite 11 Ohio Regional

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Pitt quarterback commit Mason Heintschel.

Mason Heintschel has flown under the radar his entire high school career, but that might change after a standout showing at an Elite 11 camp.

Heintschel — a 6-foot-2, 200-pound three-star quarterback from Clay High in Oregon, Ohio — was one of the quarterbacks in attendance at the Elite 11 Regional in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend, and he was not out of place with some of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2025. He stood out in a major way.

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247Sports analysts Andrew Ivins (director of recruiting) and Allen Trieu (Midwest recruiting analyst) were in attendance, and Trieu was very complimentary of Heintschel’s performance:

“Coming in, we knew that Heintschel was a very productive player and a mobile quarterback prospect given what he has done the past few years at Oregon (Ohio) Clay, but he exceeded our expectations as a passer. His accuracy and general arm talent were on display all afternoon and we felt he was one of the top performers in the top group of seniors.”

Heintschel carried Clay as a junior last season, racking up over 3,000 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns, and it’s his playmaking ability that attracted the Pitt coaching staff. He has a distinct ability to improvise with his arms but also with his legs. He can throw it 55 yards on the run but also take off down the field.

The relationship between Heintschel and Kade Bell, and his ability to run Bell’s offensive scheme, was a major draw.

“It’s been awesome,” Heintschel said. “We’ve been able to build a really strong relationship, we call each other all the time and it’s just been one of those things where it’s right. I’ve known since we’ve been able to build this relationship that it’s the right move for me. And the fact that we’ve been able to grow so close together in this short amount of time has definitely played a big role in this decision.”

Despite Heinstchel’s success on the field at Clay, Pitt was his first — and currently his only — Power Four offer. He had offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Kent State, Liberty and Toledo (adding Ohio right after Pitt offered).

There isn’t a ton of exposure for high school prospects in northwest Ohio, but after a standout junior season and a strong showing at the Elite 11, his stock is on the rise.

247Sports currently rates Heintschel as the 1,031st-ranked recruit in the class (59th-ranked quarterback and 51st-ranked recruit from Ohio) while On3 rates him as the 1,025th-ranked recruit in the class (54th-ranked quarterback and 31st-ranked recruit from Ohio).

Rivals still hasn’t rated Heintschel yet, but he has been elevated to a three-star recruit.

I thought that Pitt landed a slept-on recruit in Heintschel when he first committed, so I’m not surprised to see him excel on a large stage against some of the best talent in the area. With more exposure, I expect Heintschel to continue to rise. His national perception should be elevated in a major way by the time his senior season rolls around.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Bob Cardy
1 month ago

Having Kenny Minchy flashbacks. Hoping history does not repeat itself

T. A.
T. A.
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Cardy

Whatever became of young Mr. Minchy?

J D
J D
1 month ago
Reply to  T. A.

Still at ND

GDM
GDM
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob Cardy

Who?

Giovanni
Giovanni
1 month ago

Let me guess, Pee-on Sanders and Stinkin Riley are fighting over snaking another rising Pitt star. Bad Karma eventually heading their way.

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