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‘It’s A True Family’: New Pitt TE Commit Max Hunt Found His Home



Pitt tight end commit Max Hunt

Max Hunt made sure to listen to Gavin Bartholomew this weekend. Bartholomew isn’t just one of the best tight ends in the ACC, he’s in the exact position that Hunt aspires to be in. So, he listened.

Hunt — a 6-foot-5, 210-pound three-star tight end from Plant in Tampa, Fla. — listened as Bartholomew led him around Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday. But if he remembers just one thing that Bartholomew said, it’s the closeness of the Pitt football team.

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“It’s a true family out there,” Hunt told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “As soon as you step foot there, even as an early enrollee freshman, they bring you in and treat you like you’ve been there for four years. Everybody just wants to see you be the best version of yourself. Be great.”

Hunt came into his official visit this weekend with a pretty good idea of where he wanted to be: Pitt. And he left as one of the newest Pitt Panthers.

The official visit confirmed that Pitt was 100% where he needed to be. He only strengthened the relationships he’s built with Pat Narduzzi and Jacob Bronowski, feeling completely comfortable during the hours spent at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

He toured the facility, spent time with the coaching staff in and out of team meetings and film sessions and enjoyed his time with Bartholomew and his future teammates perhaps more than he ever expected. In fact, his favorite part of the visit was just spending time with the current Panthers.

“It’s easy, especially me as a kid, to forget that college football players are just people, too,” Hunt said. “Like, they’re kids, they’re not much older than me. Really just talking to them, connecting with them, made it feel like the place to go.”

He found a home, with strong coaches and teammates that instantly felt like brothers. But he also found a coach who can utilize his considerable pass-catching talents.

“(Bronowski and I are) really tight, talk almost every week,” Hunt said. “He just likes my athletic ability, he wants a tight end that can stretch the field, go vertically, run every route in the route tree and catch the ball. Run routes against DBs and linebackers. A versatile guy, not necessarily an inline blocking type of tight end like it used to be. More of a dynamic type of athlete.”

Hunt showcased that offensive ability as a junior at Plant last season, hauling in 36 receptions for 424 yards (11.8 yards per reception) and six touchdowns. He’s long and lean, and it shouldn’t be hard to pack on some additional mass, but he’s coming in as a legitimate threat to stretch the field.

It’s only been a few hours since he officially pledged himself as one of the newest Panthers, but it still didn’t feel real when he reflected upon it Saturday afternoon.

“It’s kind of unbelievable, honestly,” Hunt said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I’m excited.”

Hunt is coming to Pittsburgh with a relentless work ethic, a desire to bring championships back to the South Side and the self-proclaimed best hair in the city. He’s certainly excited for what’s to come as a Pitt Panther.

Hunt is one of five official visitors to commit Saturday afternoon, and as of 5 p.m. Saturday, he’s the only one to officially announce his commitment. He’s the first but certainly not the last to join the Pitt family.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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