The secret may not be out on Quintin Wirginis much longer.
"Pitt is the school where I have the closest connection," Wirginis said. "Of all schools recruiting me, Pitt is probably my best connection. I knew a lot of the coaches, they knew me. It was a great day. I felt really welcome, and I showed all the coaches what I could do."
A former teammate of his, Adam Bisnowaty, is projected to be Pitt's starting left tackle as a redshirt freshman.
And then some. Wirginis, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker for Fox Chapel (PA), he came with the intent at working out at his natural position. However, the Pitt coaches wanted to see how he looked catching the ball, working him out at tight end.
"At the end of camp, they asked three tight ends to stick around, and run some routes," Wirginis said. "They wanted to see how I was doing at tight end. I play full-time both ways. I think I'm definitely a defensive-minded player, but I'm blocking a lot on offense. Some people like me for offense, but I'm probably better on defense."
As a junior, he led the Foxes in tackles, and also had six sacks and an interception. He also forced several fumbles.
He recapped the other camps he went to this summer. It all started off with a trip to Penn State. Former Fox Chapel offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach is slated to start at left guard this year for the Nittany Lions.
"It was great, it was my first camp," Wirginis said. "It was a great experience. I went there with one of my teammates. I have a pretty good relationship with coach (Charlie) Fisher, the quarterbacks coach. He's the recruiting coach for our area. I got to talk to him for a little."
Temple was up next. The Owls hosted a regional camp on June 2 at Penn Hills High School. Former Gateway head coach, and current Owls receivers coach Terry Smith, gave him an offer after the camp.
"Temple was definitely one of my favorite camps," Wirginis said. "There were a lot of kids there from the WPIAL. I went there with some of my teammates. There was a lot of good competition there, a good turnout."
Prior to Pitt, he camped at Ohio State.
"Ohio State, my dad went there," Wirginis said. "They've always been one of my favorite schools growing up. There was definitely some good competition there. There were a couple linebackers I recognized there. It was a good day. I was really focused on the competition there. It was a fun day."
Wirginis expects a big senior season at Fox Chapel. His head coach, former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Eric Ravotti, pulled him up as a freshman to play for the varsity team. Several players in his class came up to the varsity team as freshmen, and they'd like to go out on top.
"We always have good players, and this 2014 class has been playing since our freshman year," Wirginis said. "We had some guys earn all-conference honors as sophomores. We're all very experienced, and this should be a great year."