Farrell offensive guard Rob Trudo (6-4 ½ , 280) picked up his eighth offer on Tuesday morning, and it was a school he's gotten to know pretty well--the Pitt Panthers. Even though he already had seven offers, has been to Boston College already this fall and has a trip to Syracuse this weekend, and a trip to West Virginia the following weekend, Trudo said getting the Pitt offer at this stage of the game meant something.
"They had been evaluating me from my first film last year," Trudo said. "A couple months went by, and they received some senior film on some other guys. I guess they had some recruits who committed to other places. They started evaluating their prospects lists again."
The video footage Trudo initially sent out, was video of him injured in the playoffs last year.
"It was when we played Clairton, and Desimon Green," Trudo said. "They didn't see me at 100 percent."
Then, he sent his 2010 highlight film to Pitt this week. After watching what Trudo had done in the first few games of his senior year and comparing it to the previous film they had seen, the official offer from the Panthers came pretty quickly the second time around.
"My highlight tape surfaced at Pitt," Trudo said. "The one thing they said was, 'Is this the same guy we saw in the (2009) film?' They saw me make some pretty good plays."
Despite wanting the Pitt offer before all the other schools, and having to wait six games into his senior year, Trudo said the Pitt offer is just as coveted now as it was before.
"It's like a sigh of relief," Trudo said. "It's like taking a deep breath. Actually, I wanted them to be my first offer. When it wasn't, I figured the show would go on. They had offered some guys initially that committed elsewhere, they started recruited me big time. I'm glad it happened."
Initially, Trudo was going to make a decision back in August. He took another unofficial to Pitt over the summer, before camp started, then got an offer from Cincinnati. With his team off to a 6-0 start, and a Pitt offer in his hand, Trudo may wait things out some more.
"I took an official to Boston College a couple weeks ago," Trudo said. "I'm taking an official to Syracuse this week, then West Virginia the week after. I might make my decision shortly after that."