The purpose of receiver Justin Olack's official visit to Pitt this past weekend was simple--just get familiar with the coaching staff. Olack had been to Pitt many times before. Since his initial June commitment, there's not a whole lot on campus, or facilities-wise that he had not seen.
He originally committed to Pitt based on a number of factors, including a comfort level with Pitt's coaching staff under Dave Wannstedt. This past weekend, was simply to gain more of a comfort level with the new coaching staff.
"I'm still kind of unsure, but I've only known the coaches for two weeks," Olack said. "It's kind of hard. I feel comfortable with them. I love Pittsburgh. I love it here. They seem really cool. I got along real well with coach (Mike) Norvell, the receivers coach. I think (the visit) shored it up a little bit."
Freshman tight end Brandan Carozzoni--who Olack competed against in high school--served as his host for the weekend. If there was ever a question on how much the Pitt players want Olack to be a member of their team, Olack's contact with the current members of the team during the weekend, seemed a little more extensive from some of the other players.
"Carozzoni, we played against each other," Olack said. "We met up with the other hosts. I met Jason Hendricks. Later, we met up with Mark Myers. Then, we met a lot of the roommates; Mike Shanahan, then I met Ray Graham and Cameron Saddler."
Though he had been to Heinz Field for a couple games this fall, it was still special to walk on the field just a couple days before the AFC Championship game. The coaching staff gave the recruits a personalized feel to the trip to Heinz Field.
"I've seen the locker rooms, but this time it was different," Olack added. "We walked around the field, then we saw a highlight tape of the games. They kept playing it while we were there. We watched that, then we checked out the gear. We put our jerseys on, then we basically went off with the hosts."
One of the items that has come up with Pitt is early playing time. Based on Todd Graham's new system, there is going to be plenty of opportunities for a number of receivers to make an impact. Last year, in Tulsa's system, four different receivers finished with at least 30 receptions. Pitt returns seven receivers for 2011. Olack was impressed with those kind of numbers.
"Of course they throw a lot, that's one thing," Olack said. "I got a little excited about that. Hopefully I do get on the field early. That'll be great. They said at Tulsa they had (four) receivers with over 30 catches. There's seven receivers at Pitt now, so there's a good chance of that."
Olack said he could firm up his Pitt commitment as early as today.