The junior day invites are starting to roll in, and a number of coaches are getting to know McKees Rocks (PA) Montour quarterback Dillon Buechel. Buechel led his team to a 12-1 record, and an appearance in the WPIAL Class AAA title game.
In addition to that, Buechel threw for over 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Parkway Conference honors, second-team all-state, and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fab 22 and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25.
College coaches are taking notice.
"A bunch of guys are coming in," Buechel said. "North Carolina came in today; they're going to be at my basketball game (Tuesday night). N.C. State was in today. Wisconsin, Eastern Michigan, Maryland; a bunch of schools have been in."
Pitt has also sent a little interest, though it's been tough to get to know the new staff that was hired two weeks ago. The staff is out scrambling to put a 2011 class together.
"(Todd Graham) was supposed to come to my school last Friday, but we didn't have school (due to the weather)," Buechel said. "Other than that, I haven't talked much since the new staff came in. I am looking forward to hearing more from them. They just haven't been to the school yet."
Montour's offense, under head coach Lou Cerro, runs a multitude of formations. Consider the fact that while Buechel was able to throw for over 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns, his running back Julian Durden, was able to rush for 1,879 yards and 24 touchdowns. The Spartans can be balanced, but they also have a high octane offense of their own, something that Buechel likes about Pitt right now.
"Obviously, with the new offense they bring in, it is an electrifying offense," Buechel said. "It does look similar to our offense. I saw Tulsa play a couple times. It definitely has a more intriguing offense than prior years."
Buechel hasn't finalized anything for junior days yet, but is looking at Maryland and Virginia as possibilities. Former Pitt assistant Greg Gattuso has already come by his school, now as a member of Randy Edsall's staff at Maryland.
As a team, the Spartans are looking at heading to a prestigious team camp in Oregon this summer. In addition to Buechel and Durden returning, the Spartans have nearly every starter returning from the 2010 team.
"We have a lot of guys back on offense; me and (Durden)," Buechel said. "We have both receivers back. We have three or four of our lineman back. Our defensive line, they're all back. We have a lot of guys coming back."