The explosive two-sport athlete (volleyball and football) has a 4.0 GPA, and has two offers under his belt, in financial aid offer from Columbia and Cornell (Ivy League schools do not grand athletic scholarships, but get around it with other financial aid packages), but he's hunting for more. Another Ivy League offer could come next week, but one of the main reasons he went on his swing across the northern half of the state was to drum up interest a bit closer to home.
While visiting for the Spring Game this weekend, on a visit starting on Friday, Pitcher learned that Bears defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter will be visiting Centennial on May 11 for the Centennial Showcase. Pitcher himself will be visiting Berkeley himself on June 16, for the first day of Cal's full-contact camp. He's received mail from the staff, and chatted briefly with them on his recent visit.
"I going to do everything thing in my power and ability to make it the offer-earning performance," Pitcher said. "I would really love the opportunity to play here. I took a tour of the nuclear engineering department last year and got to meet the Dean and look around. I really enjoyed it."
He also very much enjoyed his visit this past weekend.
"We arrived on campus for the afternoon practice on Friday. We got a tour of the facilities, player lounge, weight room, etc.," Pitcher said. "Then, on Saturday we went to the spring game. Dad and I went up with Winner Circle Athletics, which is my 7on7 team and strength program, so i had several teammates with me."
After having toured Berkeley under the previous staff, Pitcher was impressed with how the new bunch is running the program.
"Definitely heading in the right direction with the new staff," Pitcher said. "I really like the defensive scheme and i can imagine myself fitting very easily. Even with the new coaching staff, they are really hitting the ground running. I saw a lot of energy at practice and even more at the spring game. I look forward to meeting with the coaches in the future and maybe putting on my own Cal jersey."
As for his other visits this week, the Spartans also made a big impression.
"They all went well. I was happy to see across the board my size is no longer an issue at the next level," said the 6-foot, 219-pound inside linebacker. "San Jose has one of the youngest coaching staffs in the nation so the atmosphere was very appealing. Fresno is in the process of rebuilding their program and cleaning house so i could potentially open a door for a player like me."
He talked the most, he said, with the San Jose State staff.
"We talked about the showcase," Pitcher said. "They noticed how I have gotten bigger since last season, and that even though they are taking in a limited number of linebackers, if i keep doing what I do best, I can earn one of their spots."