Cincinnati (Ohio) Lakota East offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio made an early name for himself at summer camps, including the Rivals Underclassmen Challenge in July. Earlier this week, the class of 2014 prospect picked up his first scholarship offer of the process from Pitt.
"I called Coach Rudolph [Tuesday]," LaRubbio said. "He said he liked what he saw at camp this summer and once he saw film he liked how he was playing, so they offered me a scholarship."
Even before the offer came through from the Panthers, LaRubbio had a strong feel for the program based off his summer visit to Pittsburgh.
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"I love that school," LaRubbio said. They are definitely one of my top schools right now, and probably the top school. I just like the tradition they have and I love the coaches."
Getting his first offer elicited a significant response from LaRubbio, but the Cincinnati area prospect is keeping it in perspective for now.
"It was really exciting, but I am more excited about this season," LaRubbio said. "We're 3-1 right now and we're playing pretty good."
LaRubbio made his first visit of the fall to Cincinnati for the Bearcatas home opener against Pit. This past weekend he attended Indiana's home matchup with Ball State.
"Indiana is just a really nice campus," LaRubbio said. "I got to talk to the offensive line coach and the head coach, Coach [Kevin] Wilson."
Indiana offensive line coach Greg Frey is expected to visit Lakota East on Thursday. Other schools like N.C. State, Illinois, West Virginia and Northwestern are also showing strong interest this fall.