Griffin Sestili is one to watch the next few months. The 2017 North Allegheny (Pa.) tight end picked up his first offer two weeks ago, when the Cavaliers pulled the trigger, but more suitors could be on the cards soon.
Sestili admitted that when Virginia offered, he did not know much about the program. But when he was given the opportunity to change that, he took it.
"When we [UVA and him] talked, they wanted me to get down there, so we made that happen right away."
One week after the 'Hoos extended the offer, Sestili was in Charlottesville to see the Wahoos pick up the 44-38 triple overtime win over Syracuse.
"The campus and everything was absolutely gorgeous," he said. " [I liked] the hospitality of all the workers there- everyone there had a smile - the atmosphere of the stadium [was great], and I liked how everyone was dressed up to go to the game. It was something I've never seen coming from Pittsburgh."
Although the summer dresses and bow ties provided a different scenery for Sestili, he loved seeing a familiar scheme on the UVA offense.
"[I liked] How they moved the tight ends in the flex formation, which is what my high school does as well, so I felt like I would fit in there," he said. "I just like how they use their tight ends, and obviously they had success with Heath Miller. It seems like every year they are bringing out a new tight end. Whether he is playing in the NFL or whether he is tearing it up in the ACC."
The Cavs also provide a familiarity with his recruiting coordinator, Virginia assistant Mike Archer.
"He is a real down to earth guy," said Sestili. "My dad and a bunch of the coaches on our staff at my high school knew him because he had a son that went to North Allegheny. I talked to them a little bit, so I would know more before I talked to Coach Archer. As soon as I got to the field [on Saturday] he came over and he definitely knows how to relate to the players and make us feel welcome."
During his visit to Grounds, Sestili had the chance to see the campus, the athletic facilties and the academic offices, where he received some insight into the academics at the University. Sestili and his father even woke up Sunday morning to take their own tour around the school, just in case they missed anything on Saturday. Growing up in a city, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder appreciated the college town vibe of Charlottesville, Virginia.
"Thats kind of what I am looking for," he said. "Being around Pitt my whole life, I never fell in love with a city campus and city atmosphere. I would love to be in an actual campus feeling that you can get that true college experience; rather than living in the city and being worried about all the other distractions."
A campus feeling and college town vibe is not the only thing he is looking for, however.
"Just for a school that is right for me and right for my family as well."
The Cavaliers might be his first offer, but others school are knocking at the door.
"I'm getting a looks from a couple of SEC schools and multiple schools in the ACC," he said. "Virginia Tech, Penn State, Purdue, a little Michigan, Tennessee, Boston College and then a couple of other schools. But they are the schools I've formed a pretty good connection so far.
"They've just told me to keep playing they way I play and good things will come my way," he added. "Each coach is saying my time will come, and I just have to be patient."
Sestili admits he will always have a soft spot for the school that offered him first, Virginia.
"I honestly do because they are the first school that had faith in me and gave me the opportunity," said Sestili. " Just the fact that Virginia has a high academic standard, whether I play in the NFL or whatever I choose to do, they are going to set me up to be successful no matter what."
Sestili has two more visits set up. He is set to attend Penn State's White Out game on Nov. 21st, and he will return to Charlottesville for the 'Hoos rivalry game against Virginia Tech on the 28th.