As a receiver this past season, Kyle Kerrick found his way around the football catching 30 passes for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns—almost a touchdown for every three times he touches the football.
One of the things that Pitt has emphasized in recruiting—particularly the safety position—is a need to get players who are used to having the ball in their hand a lot. Some of these players might be offensive players who have never even played defensive back before. The thought is, if they're used to having the ball on every play—for exmaple recent signees Stephen Williams and Jason Frimpong—they're going to have a tendency to want the ball every play on defense, which in turn will result in producing turnovers, one of the biggest goals of this new Pitt coaching staff.
That appears to be the case with Kerrick, who now has a Pitt offer.
"They offered me for safety, they offered me for the defensive side of ball, that's what they definitely want me for," Kerrick said. "I don't mind. I'll play anywhere. I got another offer (West Virginia) for wide receiver, so I'm going to try and mix it up to see which one I'd rather do."
During the junior day, the coaching staff split the group into two separate meetings—an offensive meeting and a defensive meeting. While Pitt fans have gotten Todd Graham's message of being a high-octane football team, which includes a blue-collar, hard-edge, mental toughness on defense, recruits like Kerrick have also gotten the same speech. After sitting in on the defensive meetings, he had a pretty good interpretation of what this new attitude sounds like as a prospective recruit.
"High-octane, it basically makes me think that he has an explosive way of thinking," Kerrick said. "It seems like he's open to trying new things."
Overall, Kerrick enjoyed himself on the junior day. He's not sure if he will get out to any more junior days, and that he might start looking ahead to see what spring practices he will get out to.
"It was real good, I enjoyed the coaches, they seem real down to earth," Kerrick said. "It was really good. I enjoyed myself. I really like the receiver coach (Mike Norvell). I just liked the overall campus, the history of Pitt. They showed you what it was like back in the day; they showed you all the old players. They have a real good history."