Cleveland (OH) Glenville cornerback Sean Draper took his official visit to Pittsburgh this past weekend. This comes on the heels of an adundance of new offers that have come for Draper since the end of his senior season.
Draper had worked out at one of the Pitt prospect camps in the summer, but did not pick up his offer until Paul Chryst arrived. One thing he quickly picked up on was how the new staff seemed comfortable in their new job, in a short time.
"What stands out about Pitt, is how everyone just wanted to be there," Draper said. "That's how it was for everyone we met."
Draper and the rest of the recruits had the opportunity to sit in the Petersen Events Center for the morning College GameDay show in preparation for the Louisville game Saturday. They, of course, also were able to go to the game. When Draper and the rest of the recruits walked in for the morning part, fans quickly identified new head coach Paul Chryst. They chanted, ‘We Love Paul Chryst.' Draper said that echoes what he means when he says, ‘everyone just wanted to be there.'
"That's what I was saying," Draper said. "That was pretty cool to see how they feel about the new head coach.
"What stood out, was the way the coaches were. I got to see how the people at the school respected Coach Chryst, things like that. Everyone else that works there—their support staff, everyone that helps out—they all like it there."
A couple other things that stood out to Draper was his host and a part of the campus tour he liked. Ray Vinopal, who transferred in from Michigan after a stellar high school career at Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney, was his host. Draper said he could relate to Vinopal well because they both came from prestigious Ohio programs, and they're both used to being everyone's big game.
"He just showed us around," Draper said of Vinopal. I liked him. He was pretty cool, he played at Cardinal Mooney. He showed us the dorms, and talked about his experience there. We hung out with him and his roommates."
Draper added that his trip to the Cathedral of Learning and the Life Skills presentation impressed him from an academic standpoint.
"The Life Skills (presentation) was different," Draper said. "They talk about life after football. It was separate from the academic advisors and its services."
Draper finished his senior season with three interceptions and two forced fumbles, a big reason why he saw an increased interest in offers after his season.