Officer: 'They Went The Extra Mile'

Hankins (NY) East Ridge School offensive lineman Alex Officer recaps his official visit to Pittsburgh.

Including a couple of unofficial visitors such as Pitt's most recent commit Dorian Johnson and four-star prospect Tyler Boyd, Alex Officer was part of the largest contingent of visitors the Pitt program has seen this fall.

Overall, it sounds like the visit was a success for Officer, and the rest that were in attendance.

"It was great, a lot of fun, a great experience," Officer said. "The only thing I got to see the other times I was here was the stadium. This time, I got to see the whole campus. I like the Cathedral of Learning. There's a lot of history there."

Freshman corner Jahmahl Pardner--from nearby Rochester--was Officer's host for the weekend. Officer said he knew Pardner from growing up, but did not compete against him.

One big thing for Officer was learning more about Pitt's academics.

"They took us all around," Officer said. "They showed us all the buildings, how they do all the academics. It was pretty nice to see. I want to major in Engineering, but we didn't get to (Benedum Hall)."

Getting to know the coaches was also a pretty big factor in this weekend's visit. Officer had a chance to visit with offensive line coach Jim Hueber and head coach Paul Chryst,

"I talked with them a lot, I spent a lot of time with (Hueber)," Officer said. "I met a lot of the coaches. It was nice. Any questions I had, they answered it. They went the extra mile. It made me feel really good."

With the visit over, Officer now turns his attention on making a decision. He's got a time table, too.

"Probably in the next couple of weeks," Officer said.

Officer had previously mentioned Louisville as his other finalist. Is he planning on taking a visit there?

"I'm not sure," Officer said. "I might take one later."

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