Elijah Zeise has been a Pittsburgh commit for a little over six months. This past weekend's official visit, much like it was for the other committed prospects, was just a simple reason to get together.
"I just liked getting to meet the recruits," Zeise said, singling out his favorite part of the weekend. "It was good getting to hang out with them. We got to do some new things, like going to the top of the Cathedral of Learning. I had never done that before."
You would think surrounding a number of committed prospects around a pair of official visitors would be part of the plan. Zeise, as did Patrick Amara, said Hezekiah Trahan and Jamal Davis came to Pittsburgh this weekend with the mindset of committing, and didn't need any help from fellow recruits in this class.
"The way we all get along, I think it's a big part of why we got two commitments this weekend," Zeise said. "They could see it. Even though we're not on the team yet, it's a family atmosphere."
Even on this visit alone, there were local prospects like Zeise and Alex Bookser on the visit, but also Ohio prospects such as Davis and Shane Roy, Philadelphia natives Amara and Trahan. Diverse in geography, yet close knit, even before their first summer conditioning session in June. How?
"I'm not really sure how to explain it," Zeise said. "They all kind of have the same characteristics. I think that's the biggest part. Obviously, we're all different personalities, but it feels like there is something that makes us all the same."
Something Zeise didn't get this weekend was some time with his position coach, Bobby Engram. But, it was for good reason. Engram was en route to Seattle, where he would be honored prior to Sunday's NFC Championship, a member of Seattle's most recent Super Bowl team of 2005.
Instead, he spent his time with offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, and some of the other coaches.
"Saturday, we got to hang out with the coaches, and they put us through position meetings," Zeise said. "We also spent a big part of that day touring the campus, and then going to Dave and Buster's.
A two-time state champion at North Allegheny, Zeise caught 49 passes for 952 yards and nine touchdowns, amassing 1,200 all-purpose yards. On defense, he intercepted five passes.