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2026 In-State QB at Top of Pitt Board as Relationship Develops



Pitt quarterback target Gavin Sidwar

The Pitt football coaching staff is on the frontlines recruiting a 2026 in-state quarterback prospect with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kade Bell leading the charge.

Over the past few months, Gavin Sidwar – a 6-foot-3, 175-pound quarterback out of La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pa. – has become a top priority for Pitt’s coaching staff.

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So much so that Bell was the first coach to visit three-star prospect earlier this spring.

“When coaches were allowed back in high schools, coach Bell was the first one to visit me. He told me I was at the top of their board, and I was the first QB he was visiting in my class,” Sidwar told Pittsburgh Sports Now.

Since the most recent contact period opened up in June, Bell is back in contact growing the relationship with the Pennsylvania product.

“Now that coaches can reach out to me, coach Bell will text me to check in and see how I’m doing,” he said.

Sidwar reeled in a Pitt offer back on March 4 when he was in Pittsburgh visiting the program. It was also the first time he met Bell.

“When I got invited to their practice in the spring, it was my first time meeting coach Bell. He’s a good guy. He had great energy. I’m excited for what he’s bringing to the offense. He wants to throw the ball around. The first thing I said to my dad when we left practice that day was, ‘I really like coach Bell.’ I still feel that way,” Sidwar said.

Pitt is pitching everything it can to Sidwar to position itself high in his recruitment.

“They are selling that there is a great opportunity at Pitt to come and play and represent your home state. They’ve had La Salle players come and have success there in the past. They sold that coach Bell has done a great job of developing quarterbacks.”

While Pitt continues to showcase what it has to offer, the program fortunately has some built-in recruiting material with Sidwar, who has family from the western part of the state.

“My dad’s parents grew up on the western side of the state, so he spent all his holidays out there as a kid. He was raised as a Pittsburgh pro sports fan. He always says to me that Pittsburgh is a great city when the recruiting topic comes up,” Sidwar said.

That Pittsburgh connection has also impacted what number Sidwar wears on the field.

“I wear No. 7 because of Ben Roethlisberger,” he said.

Gavin Sidwar

Sidwar was set on returning to the city recently for a Pitt camp, but scheduling conflicts changed his plans. Still, he hopes to be back to visit Pitt soon and during the upcoming season.

“I want to get back out there and see the campus and hopefully catch a game. Pittsburgh is a great city,” he said.

With Pitt as a viable option for Sidwar, there are a handful of other schools that are pushing for the talented signal caller. Syracuse, West Virginia, Virginia and USF are all making it known that they want Sidwar, but Rutgers is one to keep an eye on.

“Rutgers is in my backyard. It’s 41 miles away from my house. I’ve developed a good relationship with coach Schiano and coach Ciarrocca. The entire staff is accommodating and they’ve made me feel like a priority,” Sidwar said.

Sidwar’s 7-on-7 team will compete at Rutgers on Saturday a day after he has a workout scheduled at Syracuse.

As Pitt, Rutgers and others target Sidwar, he is trying to figure out where he feels the most comfortable.

“I’m really focused on trying to find the right fit for me. I would say Rutgers I feel the most comfortable with as I’ve been there the most, but I know I need to get out and see more places and learn how my skillset fits in and learn how I can be developed and maximize my potential,” Sidwar said.

Sidwar is the 34th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2026 cycle and is the 17th-best player in the state of Pennsylvania, according to Rivals.

This summer, Sidwar has suited up for Torrey Smith’s 7-on-7 team and is absorbing as much as possible from the former NFL wide receiver.

“We run a lot of the plays he did from when he was a Raven,” Sidwar said. “He teaches me to understand the concepts based on the defense. I’ve learned a ton on how to attack coverages from him.”

As Sidwar continues to work during the summer, it comes after a strong sophomore high school season, where he completed 186 of 285 passes for 2,439 yards and 29 touchdowns. When he returns to school for his junior season, it will be under a new coaching staff as Sidwar hopes to reach new heights with his play.

We have an entire new coaching staff at LaSalle and I’m excited for what that means personally. Coach Brett Gordon is my head coach and offensive coordinator. He played QB at Villanova and is one of the best coaches I’ve been around. He understands the QB position and as implemented a ton of new concepts that I think will help us offensively.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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24 days ago

Sounds like the kid is going to Rutgers. Next story.

24 days ago
Reply to  Giovanni

Are you hoping to be there to greet him?

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