Speaking of Todd Sibley – Rivals.com has an excellent series going with some of the incoming freshman who will be arriving on the Southside in August. This one is about our (semi-) transfer from OSU’s class of 2017.
Here are two quotes from that article – one is rather funny and the second is very serious. Here is the first:
What was the craziest thing a coach said to you?
“I don’t know if this is crazy or not, but it’s coach Harbaugh. He said that I looked just like Frank Gore. I still don’t know how I feel about that [laughter]. He said I looked like Frank Gore and I didn’t know what to say after he said that. It’s just that my friends had told me previously that I look like Frank Gore and I run like Frank Gore. When he told me that, I instantly told my friends ‘Yo, you won’t believe what he just told me.’”
Well, Gore is 5’9″ and 217 – Sibley is 5′ 10″ and 211 so there is a similarity there. let’s hope this is the case because with him and A. J. Davis I think we have a bright future at RB.
And this next issue is one we talk about a lot on The POV. I have written before and maintain that what the recruits and their parents (and grandparents in some cases) weigh just as heavily, if not more in some cases, are the positives of a university external to the football program when deciding on a school…
What shocked you most in the process?
“I guess how serious it is. For a young kid, it’s something that you’re not really used to. You don’t really understand the value of the decision you’re going to make – I didn’t really understand the value of it. You know, this is where you’re going to spend the next three to four years at and possibly where you find your wife at and develop into a man and achieve your dream, so this is a really tough decision. Once it sets in for all of the kids, they’ll understand it too.”
Many times I have spoken to current and alumni players and their parents and have been impressed with how level-headed their decision to come to Pitt was – focusing on the off-field and external issues from football.
Players may dream about the NFL and some have a better shot at it going in, but the majority of them realize that Pitt is going to be the school where they grow from an 18-year-old into mature into a young man. That getting ready ‘for the rest of their lives‘ is paramount in a lot of cases.
I’ll have another article tomorrow then I’ll do a Sunday Podcast but will take a longer break afterward for a family vacation.