"Whenever I got there, they were just finishing up walk thru," Dietz said. "I was excited to see how they did. The practice was fast-pace. They moved around a lot. After that, I met a lot of the coaches. I met all of the offensive coaches."
The current Pitt roster has two Central Catholic alums in quarterback Tino Sunseri and safety Andrew Taglianetti. Dietz was in eighth grade when those two led the Vikings to their most recent state championship in 2007. He was a little bit familiar with a couple of the younger defensive linemen that Pitt has.
"I got to meet a few of the players, I got to sit down with Coach Graham," Dietz added. "I really don't know (Sunseri and Taglianetti). I was a sophomore when Aaron Donald and K.K. Smith played, but I didn't play against them."
For Dietz, though, the highlight of the day had to be sitting down with the first-year head coach Graham. Though he didn't walk away with an offer on Wednesday, he feels pretty optimistic about where he stands with the Panthers.
"He said they're definitely interested in me," Dietz said. "He said they're real old school in their recruiting process. They want to meet my parents, but they said I'm definitely a person their interested in. I really like what Coach Graham has brought to the program—discipline and players of great character."
Clearly, Dietz paid close attention to Graham's speech, as he has often used those exact words together since he was hired. Attending Central Catholic, there's a certain ethics code that all students must follow. Dietz credited his school for helping him develop those same values that Graham is looking for out of his players.
"Yes, that's right on," Dietz added. "Central is always focusing on those things; how you are in school, how you are on the field. You're representing Central. You're always being a person of great character, and always doing the right thing."
Dietz also says the coaching staff would like to see film of his first two games. Of course, that opening game will be against Archbishop Wood—a nationally-televised game. What better way for Dietz to prove himself worthy of a Pitt offer, than coming up with a strong performance against Boston College commit Frank Taylor and Rutgers commit Brandon Arcidiacono.
After meeting with Graham, Dietz toured the rest of Pitt's practice facilities.
"I saw all the facilities they have down there, on the south side," Dietz said. "I saw everything in the weight room, all the training tabkles, the hot tubs. Upstairs, I saw their Hall of Fame room. Coach Graham said they're going to be renovating the upstairs pretty soon."