August 14, 2010
OL Switzer headed to the MAC
About a month ago Travis Switzer quietly made his college decision, avoiding the fanfare and spotlight that often accompanies the recruiting process.
The 6-foot-3, 265-pound offensive guard from Lancaster (Pa.) Conestoga committed to Akron on July 17th, after a camp at another school opened up that door for him.
"It was a Pitt camp that actually got me to where I'm at," Switzer explained on Saturday evening. "That's where I got my offers [from Akron and Buffalo].
"They [Akron] offered me on June 18th and I committed on July 17th, so I waited about a month."
A visit to the Akron campus was a must and after he spent some time at the school he knew what he wanted to do.
"We went out to visit Akron I think on July 14th," he recalled. "They have a brand new stadium and it's beautiful. It's awesome and that was a big part of [his decision]. All their facilities are top of the line. They have a new coaching staff, too. Their style is to run the ball and that's what I want to do. They're gonna run the ball, inside zone, outside zone, power, that kind of stuff.
"I also talked to their offensive line coach for a while and he's my kind of coach. He's excited and energetic. He also said they're pretty light on the offensive line so the opportunity for me to play early would be there."
Prior to his decision Switzer was receiving a good amount of attention from Pitt. He was not sure if the Panthers would offer, but said even if they did offer today he doesn't know that he would change his mind. He also attended a camp at Temple.
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