Pitt Football Adds A Walk-On - Pat Quirin

Paul Chryst has a long-snapper for 2013 (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

We always hear about scholarship players that sign. The walk-ons? Not so much.

But Pitt apparently has picked up a commitment from a walk-on player for 2013 - local kid Pat Quirin.

Quirin will be long-snapping for head coach Paul Chryst, but has bigger aspirations:

"I'm going to be a long-snapper at Pitt and try to get my foot in the door that way," he said. "I'm going to work at that and try to get a roster spot at a more important position.

"I'm not sure what other position I would play; I'm not sure where I would put myself. I'm just going to work hard and do whatever the coaches ask me to do. My family grows late so I could be anything from a linebacker to a defensive end to a fullback. I could be anything."

Trust me, kid - long snapping is plenty important. Almost any coach can rattle off at least a few games where he's seen it play a role in winning or losing a game.

Quirin was discovered when he sent in a tape to Pitt's coaches of his long-snapping. He apparently had Division II offers, but his father played at Pitt and that's what he wanted to do as well.

Pretty cool story.

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