It wasn't the best result to see for a prospective Pitt recruit, but prospects like Hunter Knighton--a 6-4, 225-pound defensive end from The Hill School--had never been to Pittsburgh, and was looking to learn more about the place.
"It was great," Knighton said of his unofficial visit. "That atmosphere was amazing to play around. I'd love to play for someone like that."
Knighton has been a member of the varsity team at The Hill School since his freshman year, and became a varsity starter as a sophomore. He finished the 2009 season with 30 tackles, eight sacks and five tipped passes. In just two games this year, Knighton has 20 tackles, three sacks and two quarterback hurries. He is being recruited by Brian Angelichio.
"I liked how Coach Angelichio was very informed; he knew a lot about me, a lot of my accolades," Knighton said. "He's very personable. The facilities, from what I saw, they were great. I'd love to play for a program like that.
"He says after he gets more tape, they'll start talking about (whether to offer or not). I think he likes that I've been on varsity since my freshman year."
Knighton says he has also received interest from Duke, Rutgers, Boston College and Temple. The player he is most familiar with on the Pitt roster, is running back Dion Lewis--a player he competed against two years ago.
"I knew mostly about Dion Lewis because he played in our league," Knighton said. "I played him in my freshman year. I could tell a little that he'd be good (in college), but he wasn't quite as good then. You could definitely tell he had some rare potential."
At 225, Knighton says he plans to put on some weight, when he gets to college--hopefully before.
"(Colleges) want me, last I heard, at the end of senior year in the 240 (pound) range for high school," Knighton said. "Then, they can put on another 30 to 40 pounds in college. It's really hard to imagine, but I guess it can happen if you put in the work."