Appleby Gives Pitt Visit Rave Reviews

Todd Dodge will be following up with Austin Appleby in the next couple of weeks. Appleby left Heinz Field with a very positive impression after his visit Saturday.

Rain didn't deter Austin Appleby from coming in for the Pitt spring game on Saturday. Though there were many parts of Saturday that Appleby enjoyed, it all started with meeting up with quarterbacks coach Todd Dodge.

"He's fantastic, he's very, very good," Appleby said. "He's a great guy. I feel comfortable with him. I'm more excited about working my way up Pitt's board. The visit was great. We got to see the locker room. The weather held off for the most part.

"It was a great visit. I can't complain. The atmosphere, the stadium, the attitude, Pitt is going places. I'd love to be a part of it. Coach Dodge told me he'll be visiting me, coming up pretty soon."

With a good meeting with his position coach, and a good impression behind the scenes which included a brief tour of Heinz Field, it didn't hurt to watch Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri attempt 55 passes. Sunseri completed 35 of those 55 passes for 416 yards, two touchdown passes and an interception.

"Absolutely," Appleby added. "My mouth was watering. He was lighting it up. It was fun to watch, and you know it was fun for him to do it. That offense, it's not supposed to look as good as it did in the spring. Come fall, that offense is going to be looking good. Pitt is definitely a place I hope to get an opportunity to attend."

Appleby also had a chance to meet Sunseri briefly on his tour.

"We went down to locker room with Coach Dodge," Appleby said. "He found me, introduced me to (Sunseri), and (Ray Graham). Those guys are real nice. I got a feeling that they really, really believe in Coach Graham. He's bringing something to this team. He really has a lot of good things in place. I'm really excited for Coach Dodge to come visit."

Appleby expects Dodge to come visit him at his school next Wednesday. This Saturday, he will head to Ohio State's spring game. He is also planning to visit West Virginia and Syracuse. As a junior this past season, Appleby threw for 1,470 yards and 14 touchdowns on his way to second-team all-league, second-team all-region and honorable mention all-county honors.


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