Fresh off a trip to Cincinnati, Robert Trudo isn't slowing down with the visits. He is going to take a trip to Syracuse this week, and also has plans to get back to Pittsburgh. He has been to Pitt for a few unofficial visits, and is looking to get back there as soon as next week, to see if the Panthers are going to extend an offer. Pitt already has a commitment from Artie Rowell, and was a finalist for four-star offensive guard Angelo Mangiro, who committed to Penn State on Sunday.
"I guess they're real close (to offering or not)," Trudo said of Pitt. "Coach Wannstedt wanted to meet with me, and talk with me; him and Coach Wise. I guess they're real close. I think it's August 4, or somewhere around there. It can't be far."
Trudo's most recent offer is from Ohio, who joins Syracuse, Akron, Toledo and Cincinnati as the schools that have offered him. An offer from Pitt would be nice, and might make his decision, or at least his decision to pick his finalists, a little tougher.
"It's kind of nice (having five offers), but I'm also just ready for a decision to be made," Trudo said. "I'm going in to my senior year, and the only thing I want on my mind is winning a state championship. I have to get there."
Trudo was one of 25 to 30 prospects on Cincinnati's campus this past weekend. It was a mix of Cincinnati commits, as well as some of their prime targets.
"It was a nine (on a scale of one to ten)," Trudo said of the visit. "I think the best thing about Cincinnati was their offensive line coach, Coach Mahoney. I think he's a good coach. I like Cincinnati's campus as far as what they have to offer."
During the visit, Cincinnati's president and athletic director spoke to all the recruits in attendance. They also received an academic presentation. After touring the facilities, which included the weight room, locker room and team meeting room, Trudo said all the prospects were bused to Paul Brown Stadium. The Bearcats have a big game against Oklahoma which will be played there on September 25, which will be a big game not only for Cincinnati, but for the Big East as well.
"We ran out on the field," Trudo said. "We were on the field, and they told us, ‘Get a picture of yourself playing here.' They play Oklahoma there this year. When we got back (to campus), we came back and had lunch, and me and my mom and dad talked to Coach Jones."