"Pitt Was Awesome!"

Last season Trinity High School offensive tackle R.J. Dill didn't quite make the cut with Pittsburgh and ended up going to the University of Maryland and this year another Trinity offensive lineman is trying to grab a scholarship from the Panthers. Nick Kindler was in attendance for junior day this past weekend and came away impressed to say the least.

Camp Hill, Pa., native Nick Kindler came into this visit to Pittsburgh this weekend with interest in the Panther program, but as he departed from campus that interest turned into flat-out excitement. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive tackle walked us through his visit and talked about what he liked most.

"Pitt was awesome," Kindler exclaimed. "I liked everything about it there, especially the facilities and the coaching staff. I met with their new offensive line coach and liked him a lot. He likes intense, tenacious guys who really get after it on the field and said he's not really looking for 350-pounders. He said he likes athletic guys that can stay with their blocks and get out on ‘backers."

"Coach (Brian) Angelichio is always great with me and always seems to be helping me out with any questions I have," Kindler said. "I also spent some time talking to Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and told him that I played last season with a torn ACL, so we spent some time talking about our injuries because he had surgery last year too. We were both talking about our rehabs and he was joking about his because when he went to get his achilles tendon fixed they had to clean out his knee too. He is just a great guy and I love his philosophy on coaching and the family atmosphere at Pittsburgh. My father and I were just very impressed with how interactive they were with the players and the level of hospitality there."

"I like how close Pitt is too and like I said, the facilities were top-notch."

As a junior, Kindler was named first-team All-Conference and All-state at offensive tackle, but was second-team All-Sentinel League.

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