There wasn't too much that Kent (OH) Roosevelt offensive lineman Ryan Anderson needed to see of Pitt because he had taken three official visits there this fall. This past weekend was important for him, as he was able to reconnect with the new Pitt coaching staff.
"It was my first time meeting these new guys, and it seems like they're not going to miss a beat," Anderson said. "They said my offer still stands, and that I'm one of the guys they really want to get. Pittsburgh is still on my list of people I'm looking forward to hearing more from."
Aside from getting back in contact with Pitt, and even though he had been to Pittsburgh a few times, Saturday was different in the sense that it was Anderson's first Pitt basketball game.
"I've never been to a Pitt basketball game," Anderson said. "The Oakland Zoo is crazy. It was a good experience being there for the championship and the ceremony after the game. I hope we can do that for the football team. The environment of the basketball game was outstanding."
Anderson also had a chance to meet one-on-one with new head coach Todd Graham.
"They pulled me aside to talk to Coach Graham," Anderson said. "I talked to him for awhile. He told me what his plans were with me; recruiting and Pittsburgh itself."
Graham, in his days since being hired, has talked about ‘The Pitt Way,' which is holding players accountable, and having the team develop a championship attitude. Anderson had a chance to hear Graham's philosophy, and talked about how a recruit reads in to it.
"He talked about his plans for the team, and how he's going to do things differently," Anderson said. "That's the one big thing. He brings in the standards set for everybody. Even a superstar player—everyone has the same standards."
He was also excited to learn about how the offensive line works, and what his role might be. Overall, he doesn't believe the idea of playing physical will change much. As a result, Anderson has put Pitt back in a favorable spot.
"They seem pretty excited about the offense," Anderson said. "It is (physical). That's the way they want to run it. They want to run no-huddle, they want to set up the run. They want to power, they want to run power. I'm guessing it's going to be close to the same. I like the line coach (Spencer Leftwich). It definitely brought Pittsburgh back to the top of the list."