Challingsworth Ready To Sign

Zach Challingsworth was one of several commits on campus this weekend. He talks about his official visit, and the bond he and the other members of his class are forming.

Pitt commit Zach Challingsworth was on campus over the weekend for his official visit. The South Fayette native was one of a handful of commits in town for an official visit. Scott Orndoff--a fellow 2013 commit, who enrolled earlier this month--was his host for the weekend.

I had a great time, it was nice to see everything from a student standpoint," Challingsworth said. "I've seen a lot already, so it was nice to just hang out with the guys. I got to see everything, and I loved it."

As part of that, he got to meet a couple of pretty important people, and be on a first-name basis with them.

"I got to meet the Chancellor (Mark A. Nordenberg) and the Athletic Director, Mr. (Steve) Pederson," Challingsworth said. "I never got to meet them before. It was kind of just getting my feet wet, a little more. We got to go to the top of the Cathedral of Learning. It was just a great time."

Challingsworth and the other visitors were also in attendance for Saturday's basketball game, a win over UConn. A marquee opponent such as UConn was definitely a plus.

"That was really fun, I hadn't been to a game in a really long time," Challingsworth said. "It was a big win over UConn. It was a great atmosphere, a lot of fans showing their support."

But probably the biggest highlight was simply getting to sit with some of the other committed prospects in his class, and meet a couple of others who were taking a good look at Pitt.

"It was nice, a lot of them I knew from before," Challingsworth said. "I met Jester Weah and Zach Poker. But I got to spend time with (Aaron) Reese, (Carson) Baker and Jaymar (Parrish). I got to spend a little more time with them. I was real excited to make that visit with them, and just make a better bond. I'm building a great relationship with the other guys in this class."

Up next for Challingsworth, signing day in a couple of weeks. He, along with two other athletes at South Fayette, will sign their letters of intent in a ceremony at the school. Even though he's been committed to Pitt for awhile, he admits a sign of relief officially sending that letter in.

"Committing is getting something off your back, but signing that letter is also a sign of relief," Challingsworth said. "Once I send it, it's in, and it's over. It'll be nice."

Challingsworth finished with 1,190 yards receiving on 58 catches, with 14 touchdowns. He ran for another 131 yards on the ground on 18 carries with two rushing scores. On defense, he finished with 24 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two passes broken up and a fumble recovery.

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