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Pitt QB Commit Locks in Official Visit



Pitt quarterback commit Mason Heintschel.

Mason Heintschel is fresh off a strong showing at the Elite 11 Regional in Columbus, Ohio, and his next stop — or at least, one of them — will be to his future home.

Heintschel — a 6-foot-2, 200-pound three-star quarterback from Clay High in Oregon, Ohio — announced he will take his official visit to Pitt from June 6-8. He was most recently in Pittsburgh in April to check out the Blue-Gold Spring Game, his first visit since officially committing in March.

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“I just knew as soon as I stepped foot on campus that this was the place for me,” Heintschel told Pittsburgh Sports Now in March. “It was home. Getting to meet all the coaches and build relationships with them over the past few months and even on that visit, it was just a no-brainer for me.”

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 the ball 55 yards on the run and possesses the ability to

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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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