Matt Galambos has been a Pitt commit since August. His commitment was big in the sense that it sparked some momentum, which helped the Panthers land other players in the area such as Ryan Winslow, Justin Moody, and most recently Jaryd Jones-Smith.
Galambos was on campus for his official visit this past weekend, and said the whole weekend was really about just visiting with some of the other committed prospects in his class.
"I got to know a lot of the players, it's like a whole family atmosphere," Galambos said. "Everyone got to know each other. We watched some highlights from this past season. We went to the basketball game. It was a really good basketball game. They sold out the place."
Galambos, who admits he's a pretty big college basketball fan, gave him a taste of the Pitt fan base.
"I love college basketball," Galambos said. "The game was really electric. Everybody was really getting pumped up. I realized the next time I'm at a Pitt game, I could be in the game. I definitely liked the energy the entire game."
"I knew Ethan from before, since we went to the same school, so we talked to the whole time," Galambos said. "I've talked to him and Mark. They're both kind of like an older brother. They've been through it before--the training, working hard. Mark's the starting fullback, and he started off as a walk-on. That shows what can happen when you put a lot of work in."
One other person who has been key in Galambos' recruitment is offensive line coach Jim Hueber, whose relationships with coaches in the Philadelphia area has already paid big dividends for Pitt.
"He's a great guy," Galambos said of Hueber. "He really gets along great with my family. He'll talk about anything. He has so much experience. He's from Philadelphia, and knows a lot of people from growing up in different parts of Philadelphia."
Galambos also talked about some of the other prospects Pitt is getting from the Philadelphia.
"Jaryd (Jones-Smith) I probably know the best because he went to West Catholic," Galambos said. "We played against each other the last few years. I was joking with him when I found out Pitt was interested in him, telling him to come to Pitt. I was real excited when he committed.
"Justin Moody, I played against him my junior year. I just know he's a good player. He's an explosive defensive tackle. I just know that he's a good player. My coach my junior year said we had to key in on this guy. Ryan Winslow, I don't know him too much. One of my friends introduced him to me after my junior year. He's a smart kid since he went to LaSalle."
In 2012, Galambos finished with 104 tackles, five sacks and eight hurries. He also did some damage on the offensive side of the ball, rushing for 818 yards and six touchdowns and hauling in 11 passes for 152 yards.