Zeise Talks Pitt Commitment

Elijah Zeise picked up a Pitt offer last August. Today, he gave Pitt a verbal commitment. He spent some time talking about why he chose the Panthers, and what he looks forward to once he's there.

Elijah Zeise says choosing Pittsburgh was simple.

He knew about the program for many years, was familiar with the facilities. He needed some time to get to know this coaching staff. Once he did that, it was pretty much a done deal.

That, and the chance to play offense.

"I chose them, really, because at the end of the day, it came down to what schools were going to let me play offense," Zeise said. "That's where I really want to play. The two schools recruiting me for offense were Pitt and Temple. From there, it just became where I felt more comfortable with Pitt. That's where I've been my whole life."

Offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph was Zeise's chief recruiter. Though most of his contact was through Rudolph, Zeise said it eventually led to the entire coaching staff--a group that really made him feel at home.

"I feel by comfortable with all the coaches," Zeise said. "They all seem like family-oriented guys. They all genuinely care about me. They'll help me with anything. Coach Rudolph, I built the best relationship with him out of all the schools recruiting me. He's a really nice guy. All the Pitt coaches are really nice guys."

Academics also factored in his decision. Zeise says he will choose between accounting and civil engineering, but is not sure of which one he'll choose yet.

With his decision out of the way, he can now turn his attention to his senior season. His North Allegheny team is coming off back-to-back state championships. Zeise is one of three returning starters from last year's team. However, he's excited to see how this upcoming junior class may be ready to contribute.

"Last tear, we had 22 starters on offense or defense, and three of us were not seniors," Zeise. "The rest (of the returners) are a group of talented guys. If we can have a good training camp, and these guys pick things up, we might might have a shot to win a WPIAL championship again."


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