Brant Gressel is currently sitting on nine offers, but that total could reach double-digits any day now. With offers from Kent State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami of Ohio, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky, he recently picked up a third Big East offer from the Pittsburgh Panthers.
"Actually, I was just sitting in class, and I got a text from my coach," Gressel said. "To be honest, I hadn't talked at all with Pitt. I was kind of surprised."
He wasn't a regular follower of the Pitt program, but had some familiarity with the program.
"I don't know much, obviously they're in Pittsburgh, and I know they play at Heinz Field," Gressel added. "I'm very open to learn more about them. I never really followed anyone (in the Big East) outside of Cincinnati. I definitely want to learn more about them."
Gressel also said that he had not heard from any of Pitt's new staffers formerly at Wisconsin. He's recently started to get some transcript requests from the Badgers, Illinois, Northwestern and Penn State out of the Big Ten. Pitt's contact came once the new staff was in place.
As he said, he is familiar with the Bearcats. He's been to Cincinnati a few times, and it sounds like whatever school will get his services, will have to contend heavily with Butch Jones and his staff.
"I've been there multiple times," Gressel said. "I really like it down there. I don't have a top three or even top five, but I'm definitely considering them. I want to go into engineering, and they have a good program for that. Their coaches have been so nice, kind and real patient in the whole process. They're really knowledgeable. I like the way (Jones) does things. It resembles some of the things my coach does. If I had to have an early top three, they'd be in there."
In addition to earning all-conference, all-divisino and honorable mention all-district honors as a junior, Gressel blocked two punts in 2012, finished with 4.5 sacks and recovered two fumbles.