Zach Myers, a 6-4, 270-pound offensive lineman out of Miamisburg, Ohio, has reconnected with Pitt, and in a big way. Myers had been hearing from the previous Pitt coaching staff in the fall, even taking an unofficial visit to a Pitt game. Then came the coaching change, where Myers didn't hear from anyone at Pitt for awhile.
Myers was invited in for junior day a couple of weeks ago, and things are back on track with the Panthers—possibly even better than they were before.
"It was great," Myers said of the visit. "I got to talk to (offensive line) coach (Spencer) Leftwich a lot. I like him, he seems to like me. I like everything Pitt has to offer. It's a great place."
Myers said Leftwich was the one who got back in touch with him, after the transition in coaching staffs.
"I didn't hear from them for awhile, I knew that they were switching staffs, I knew that was going on," Myers said. "As soon as they got in and organized, coach Leftwich called (Miamisburg head) coach (Tim) Lewis, and they invited me to their junior day. He said they were still interested in me."
Myers said he really connected with Leftwich. He felt after talking with Pitt's new offensive line coach that he plays in a similar system for his own high school team.
"It's not as fast pace; sometimes we huddle sometimes we don't, with the no huddle, but this type of offense fits my game," Myers said.
As for any misnomers that believe a spread offense/no-huddle offense doesn't allow for a lineman to be physical, Myers disagreed with that notion.
"I think the more physical you are, the more you wear down a defense, and that's your goal," Myers said. "I'll put it this way; if you weren't allowed to be physical in this type of offense, I wouldn't be playing football. That's sort of the way I look at it. The more physical you are, the harder it's going to be on defense. They have to keep up."
Myers recently picked up his first two offers, Toledo and Ohio. Though he didn't get an offer from Pitt yet, he knows where he stands. In fact, it's even possible that Myers will come back to Pittsburgh for either a spring practice or the spring game.
"They want to see me at camp," Myers said. "I'll be at their camp. It seems they‘re definitely interested in me. I'm interested in them, so I hope I can show them at camp what I have to offer."