Thomas Jefferson has won conference championships in 11 of the last 13 seasons, with four state championships in the last nine seasons.
That tradition continues as 2013 linebacker Chase Winovich the latest prospect to attract a lot of interest. Winovich is up to seven offers, most recently form Florida State and Northwestern. Winovich also visited Pittsburgh for its junior day.
"They gave us a tour of the facilities, and we met with the coaches," Winovich said. "They broke us into specific positing groups, then took us down to the Petersen Events Center. We watched the basketball game. It was pretty cool seeing The Zoo, the whole experience. It definitely made a good first impression. I really like the Pitt facilities."
Winovich, and the other recruits in attendance, received a nice ovation from the fans as they were taking their seats.
"Honestly, when we walked in, they started a chant," Winovich said. "I didn't expect it. It says a lot about Pitt. It shows the kind of support they have."
Another plus was just getting a chance to meet some of the other local recruits.
"I got the opportunity to meet with some other people, like the quarterback, Chandler Kincade," Winovich said. "I talked with him a good bit during the game. He's talking about keeping the recruits together, and starting to see where everyone's interest is at. Everyone that I talked to had good things to say about Pitt. It was just cool getting to meet the other juniors, spending a couple hours there."
Afterwards, even with the increased interest, Pitt is a school Winovich says is high on his list.
"Definitely, Pitt will," Winovich said. "Pitt will be in the running because I like the school a lot. They were the first ones to offer me a scholarship. There's something to be said for that."
Up next, Winovich plans on visiting Northwestern, Penn State, Virginia and Florida State.
This past season, Winovich helped his team to a 11-1 record, another conference title and an appearance in the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals. He earned first-team all-conference honors, finished with 69 tackles, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.