Visit Helps Solidify Stoudt

Three-star signal caller Zack Stoudt made a trip to Pittsburgh this weekend with his parents and teammate Steve Gardiner for his official visit and while the signal caller does have a visit set up next weekend to Louisville, this recent visit seemed to all but seal his verbal commitment to the Panthers. Stoudt spoke with us about his experience and shed some light on the Louisville situation.

Dublin Coffman High School quarterback Zack Stoudt gave a verbal pledge to Pittsburgh just over a month ago, but days after doing so the 6-foot-5, 210-pound athlete was extended another scholarship offer by the Louisville Cardinals. After learning that he would be taking a visit there some Panther fans have been a bit anxious, but after hearing Stoudt's thoughts on his official visit this weekend those nerves should be calmed.

"I got there Friday afternoon with my parents and Steve Gardiner and got to meet a lot of the players and recruits," Stoudt stated. "I met kids like Isaiah Pead, Chris Burns, Lucas Nix, Michael Shanahan and Tino Sunseri and really had a great time with everyone there. My host was Bill Stull and he took us out the first night to Dave and Busters and then to the houses of some of the other players. On Saturday we ate dinner at Heinz Field and then went back and just watched the end of the Patriots game instead of going out to the clubs as that really isn't my scene."

Apparently Stoudt is a big fan of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, so missing that game was not something he wanted to do.

"The Patriots game was just awesome," Stoudt explained. "I'm a big Tom Brady fan and just love watching him play because he is so cool and calm at all times. Going 26 for 28 in a playoff game with two dropped balls isn't bad, right?"

Stoudt also talked about his upcoming visit to Louisville and the affect that may have on his verbal commitment to Pitt.

"Louisville offered me right after I committed to Pittsburgh and I just want to put my mind at ease and see all of the options I have in front of me, so we're going to go down there this Friday night and cram in a one day visit because I have to be back here Sunday for a basketball game," Stoudt said. "After my visit to Pittsburgh this weekend I highly, highly, highly, highly, highly doubt that my mind is going to change. I just want to make that very clear so there aren't any misconceptions. I talked to the Pitt coaches about the visit and they were all cool with it."

"One last thing that really stood out to me about Pittsburgh was the campus. My parents and I thought it would be very urban going into it, but when we got there we found out that it really wasn't. The campus is really beautiful and I was just shocked how nice the layout was."

At this point it sounds like Stoudt is all but a lock to be a Panther.

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