Due to Inter-Ac league transfer rules, Christian Giubilato was forced to sit out six games of his junior season of football. That didn't mean that he wasn't able to make an impact at Haverford School, nor did it turn colleges away.
Giubilato finished as his team's leading kick returner--an average of 31.2 yards on 11 returns in just six games. He finished with 31 tackles and a sack on defense, and also saw some time running the football--141 yards and a touchdown.
"It was pretty rough," Giubilato said of having to sit out six games. "I got about 10 to 15 plays on my highlight video. I should get some good feedback. I'd still like to have some more plays from Haverford on there.
Maryland and Pitt coaches obviously took notice, as they invited him in for a game; Maryland for the Florida State game, Pitt for its win over Rutgers. He saw some things in both schools that he likes.
"It was pretty good, I got to meet a few of the coaches, (tight ends) coach (John) Dunn is a great guy," Giubilato said. "The facilities are awesome there. I can't think of too many negatives from there."
Giubilato does have two ties to Pitt. One is teammate Matt Galambos, a linebacker commit, and leading tackler for the Fords this past season.
"I'm pretty close to him, I just started working out with him in July," Giubilato said. "He's a hard worker, somebody who loves Pitt."
His brother Mark Giubilato is the starting fullback for the Panthers. While he can go to a Pitt game any time, this unofficial visit this past weekend was strictly business. He also likes the challenge of trying to see Pitt aside from what he picks up from his brother and Galambos.
"I've definitely liked Pitt from the start," Giubilato said. "They're relatively the closest school to us; the best school closest to us, five hours away. I love the facilities there. I love the city. I like the close quarters of the city. There's just something about it. It's a prestigious program, and I love everything about it."