Kerrick Camps At Pitt

Kyle Kerrick put up some big numbers on offense for Coatesville, but Pitt likes him on defense. He's open to playing on either side of the ball in college, but gained a better perspective of what it would be like playing for Pitt's defense this past weekend.

Coatesville (PA) receiver and defensive back Kyle Kerrick came in for the Pitt prospect camp this past Saturday. Since he already has an offer, Kerrick spent just the morning session working out with the defensive backs. During the second part of camp, Kerrick had the opportunity to tour the campus, and spend some time with the coaches, specifically head coach Todd Graham.

"It was fun, it was short though," Kerrick said of the camp. "I only did that part for the morning, but it was fun. I was just back there for defense. That's what Pitt offered me for, so that's what I was doing."

As a junior, Kerrick had 30 receptions for over 500 yards and 11 touchdowns on offense. He averaged a touchdown every third reception. Pitt likes him for that spot as a free safety on defense, and after spending the Saturday morning session working out as that free safety in some 7-on-7 drills, Kerrick is getting a better feel for what it would be like to play in Pitt's defense.

"It was easy," Kerrick said, of the defensive setup. "It was kind of similar to what we run at Coatesville, like the cover-one and cover-three. Plus, they let me rotate. They played me pretty much at free safety, but they let me get in at strong. Even some times, they'd let me play up or just play back.

"They actually have three safety positions; a free, a strong and a bandit. That's kind of what they run. I was running free (safety), but rotating in (at the other spots). I think it's fun. It's different. It's an easy concept to get. It's exciting."

For the afternoon session, Kerrick saw a little bit of the campus, had an academic presentation, and had a chance to visit with head coach Todd Graham.

"Coach Graham, I ate lunch with him in his office," Kerrick said. "They had me go with a former safety (graduate assistant Eric Thatcher). I got to go around campus, and they gave me the academic tour."

After his visit this past weekend, Pitt seems to have solidified a good spot with Kerrick. He is looking to make his decision sometime in July.

"Pitt is at the top of my list," Kerrick said. "They're one of my main choices. I have a few more visits, but they're basically on top of my list. I'll be making a commit in July. I have a visit to Michigan State, Illinois and Cincinnati, and those are my last three visits."

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