Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff continued to add to their 2019 recruiting class on Saturday, as tight end Jason Collier of Westville, New Jersey, announced his commitment to the program on Twitter, becoming the 14th member of the rapidly developing class.
I’m going to be a Pittsburgh panther pic.twitter.com/C0Oj7l9Ulc— Jason Collier (@Jasonc88) June 23, 2018
Collier kept his announcement brief, simply saying, “I’m going to be a Pittsburgh Panther.”
The 6’7”, 250-pound tight end is considered a three-star prospect by 247Sports, but Rivals has him rated as a two-star recruit. Despite the mixed reviews from the two recruiting sites, Collier received eight scholarship offers, and all but one was from a Power Five school. Along with Pitt, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia offered Collier.
Collier accounted for 322 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 receptions during his junior season with the West Deptford Eagles in 2017. Thirty yards and one of those touchdowns came in one play in the Eagles’ 34-33 win over the Sterling Silver Knights on Oct. 6. Joseph Santoliquito of NJ.com provided a description of that play, illustrating his size advantage.
“Collier hauled the ball in, and seconds after he caught it, three Knight defenders converged on him. Collier flicked them away like golf balls bouncing off an M1 Abrams tank,” he wrote.
In addition to tight end, Collier played defensive end for West Deptford last season and saw decent results, as he came up with 38 tackles, including four tackles for a loss and three sacks.
However, he told Mike Vukovcan of Pittsburgh Sports Now that there’s only one role he expects to fill upon his arrival in Pittsburgh next year.
“I’m going to be a tight end,” Collier said. “That’s as far as I know, and I don’t know that Coach Narduzzi has new plans for me. I’m 99 recent sure I’m coming in as a tight end.”
Collier is the second tight end of Pitt’s 2019 class, as junior college transfer Travis Koontz announced his commitment to the program on June 15. He will be joining a position group that currently includes Grant Carrigan, Tyler Sear and Charles Reeves Jr.