Grant Carrigan is new to the Pittsburgh area, but he is certain he would like to stay in the city to play college football.
Carrigan, a senior football player who transferred to Pine-Richland High School last month, accepted a scholarship from Pitt today. Carrigan announced on Twitter that he had made a verbal commitment to the Panthers.
Carrigan is 6 feet 7, 250 pounds and transferred recently from Weir High School in Weirton, W.Va. He grew up in Las Vegas and attended Bishop Gorman High through his sophomore year. Bishop Gorman is a perennial football power in Nevada. Carrigan moved to West Virginia because of his father’s job. The Carrigans decided to move to the Pittsburgh area because Rich Carrigan has leukemia and is undergoing treatments in the Pittsburgh area. Carrigan’s father was a 6-9 basketball center who was on Pitt’s team from 1984-87.
Carrigan said his father is doing well while undergoing treatments.
Grant Carrigan also applied to Central Catholic, but the family decided to move into the Pine-Richland district.
“It was the easiest place for us to go,” said Carrigan.
When asked if he misses Las Vegas, Carrigan said, “A little. But I kind of like the East Coast. It’s a nice change.”
In football, Carrigan had offers from Kent State and Wake Forest. Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz said last week that Pitt was starting to show interest along with Florida. Kasperowicz said Pitt might offer a scholarship at some point in the future. Last Saturday, Pitt offered, and Carrigan accepted the scholarship five days later.
Pine-Richland doesn’t use a tight end in its offense, but Carrigan will be used as an H-Back in Pine-Richland’s spread offense that features highly-touted quarterback Phil Jurkovec, a Notre Dame recruit.
Although Carrigan plays offense and defense, he considers himself an offensive player for the future. Pitt recruited him as a tight end.
“I like it here. I’m really liking the team,” said Carrigan. “It’s a different type of offense and a different kind of coaching. I’m not used to such an up tempo offense and all the signals, but I think I’m picking it up pretty well.”
Kasperowicz said of Carrigan, "He has great hands, great feet. He can move."
Carrigan also plays basketball. He said he averaged about eight points a game last season at Weir, but double figures in rebounds. He plans to play basketball at Pine-Richland, a school that won a WPIAL championship last season.
Carrigan was one of two WPIAL tight ends who committed to Pitt Thursday.
The other was Neshannock’s Tyler Sear (6-5, 255), who had committed to Temple in May, but changed his mind after Pitt offered last week.
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