- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Following a Wednesday night conversation with Joe Rudolph, junior tight end Ethan Wolf (Minster, Ohio/Minster) was a little confused. Did the Pittsburgh tight ends coach offer him?
"I talked to him and he kind of threw it in and kept talking," Wolf said.
So Wolf waited for his high school coach to give Rudolph a call back just to confirm the Panthers were offering. Turns out Wolf was right, and the Panthers became the seventh program to offer the ESPN Watch List prospect.
The 6-foot-6, 221-pound junior first talked with Rudolph and assistant Dann Kabala over Facebook, but the conversations were always brief. During the telephone call on Wednesday, Wolf got an idea as to what the Panthers like about him enough to offer.
"He was saying he watched my film and liked how I played and talked about the offense and how he comes from Wisconsin," Wolf said of Rudolph.
Wolf already knew some of the coaches came over from Wisconsin, but other than that he does not know much about the program. Wolf did mention the move to the ACC but said it has little impact on him other than he likes that it means the Panthers will play some programs such as Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech.
The Panthers will try to get Wolf on campus soon, but as of now he only has plans to visit Cincinnati on Nov. 17 and Ohio State the following week for the Michigan game.
This past weekend, Wolf took a trip to Pitt coach Paul Chryst's former school, Wisconsin.
"That was a fun trip," he said. "The atmosphere, it's kind of like a mini Ohio State. They don't have 100,000 but they fill the stands, and that's something I like and how they use the tight ends."
Wolf estimates he has around 30 catches for roughly 400 yards and four touchdowns. He leads a Minster team that will host its first playoff game ever on Friday night.
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