Cal Adomitis committed to Pitt in 2017 as a walk-on long snapper from Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School, and in his first season with the Panthers, he won starting long-snapping duties and appeared in each of the team’s 12 games. Now, his contributions have been recognized by Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, who has awarded him a scholarship.
“I knew if I earned a starting position, I’d be first on the list to get a scholarship,” Adomitis said, according to Jerry DiPaola of the Tribune-Review. “I trust what [the coaches] tell us. I did my job, and they’ve given me no reason not to trust them.”
Former teammate Ryan Winslow, who signed with the Chicago Bears this offseason, was the first to publicly congratulate Adomitis on his achievement.
I want to give a huge should out to my guy @CalAdomitis on earning his scholarship. The kid started in every game as a true freshman and works his tail off. Congrats brother you deserve it!!! pic.twitter.com/FonUzK2654— Ryan Winslow (@ryanwinsbro) May 16, 2018
With Adomitis no longer a walk-on, Pitt still has one scholarship available before it reaches the NCAA limit of 85. The team has lost a number of scholarship players this offseason, including most recently linebacker Jalen Williams, offensive lineman Tony Pilato and tight end Chris Clark.
For Adomitis’ part, he’s not only happy to have cemented his status as a vital role player on Pitt’s roster, but that his parents no longer have to shoulder the financial burden of college tuition.
“Telling my parents, they didn’t have to worry about paying for my school was an awesome moment,” he said. “It was good giving back to them.”