Well just when you think the entire thing was going off the rails, Pat Narduzzi goes out and lands himself a commit. And not just any commit. But a Tight End commit. Three stars at that! Gavin Bartholomew is a three-star rivals 5.5 from Schuylkill Haven, PA (Blue Mountain HS), which means he’s a small school guy. He must fancy himself a pass catcher, because he de-committed from Buffalo to sign with the Panthers. Buffalo, as you can see, is more of a running school:
Pitt on the other hand sets up the run with the pass, and has been searching for a pass catching tight end (or really just any sort of tight end) for oh… the last twenty years (exaggeration here, but only slightly), so maybe Bartholomew is the guy.
Fans will be pleased to know that Pitt was Bartholomew’s only Power five offer, so there will likely be little competition for his services. He did have 17 other offers though. (Including Elon!)
His HUDL tape shows some pass catching ability and straight line speed (for a TE), but we are talking coal region football here where everybody is like 5’11” so it’s one of those “men among boys” situations. I know because I used to play coal region football (and not very well I’ll add).
Another developmental prospect to be sure, but unlike previous years, at least Pitt has a guy to develop.
Welcome to Pitt, Gavin, may you catch many passes and outplay your rivals ranking.