Virbitsky Speaks on Commitment

Running as many dual tight end sets at Pittsburgh does it is necessary for them to have adequate depth at the position and this weekend they landed a quality blocking tight end in Jermyn, Pa., native Justin Virbitsky. Virbitsky had been recruiting as both a tight end and offensive lineman by a few other schools, but when he recently picked up a Pitt offer it was only a matter of time.

Two-star tight end Justin Virbitsky traveled to Pittsburgh this weekend knowing the outcome of the visit would most likely be him committing to the Panthers, however he wanted to bring his parents along on the visit just to get their feedback on his college decision. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder did not give his verbal pledge during the visit, but during his car ride home he called the Panther staff and let his college intentions be known.

"I talked to my parents about going to Pittsburgh on the car ride home as we left Pittsburgh just to see how they felt about everything," Virbitsky said. "I knew I wanted to go there, but I just wanted to get their advice and see what they thought about the school and program. They both liked everything about Pitt and thought it was a nice school. They were also very impressed with the coaching staff and academic side of things, so that basically just let me know I was making the right decision. At that point I called the staff and let them know I was coming there."

"My host on the visit was Nate Byham who was a really cool guy and he took me around to meet a lot of the players," Virbitsky stated. "I got to see all of the facilities again, but I had only met Coach Brian Angelichio before, so I wanted to get to know the rest of the coaching staff too. I thought Head Coach (Dave) Wannstedt seemed like a really good guy and felt really comfortable with the rest of the staff upon meeting them. While I was out there we did some fun things like go to Dave and Busters to eat and play games and I just really enjoyed the visit."

The Lakeland High School two-way player talked about why he ultimately chose Pitt.

"Like I said, I just liked all of the coaches and felt comfortable there," Virbitsky explained. "They have a good program now and have a great recruiting class coming in this year. They use two tight ends a lot which is beneficial to me and the coaches really like my size and blocking ability, so they think I'll fit in really well there. I'm just really excited to get out there and get to work at this point."

As a senior, Virbitsky notched 58 solo tackles and four sacks on defense. He did not know his offensive numbers for the season.

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