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Steelers Hire Former Carnegie Mellon QB in Scouting Role



Steelers Jarrod Highberger

The Steelers are hiring former Carnegie Mellon QB and Jaguars scout Jarrod Highberger in an unknown scouting role, according to Neil Stratton.

Highberger joined the Jaguars scouting staff in 2010 as a college scout but was promoted in 2013 as a college area scout from there. During his time with the Jaguars, Highberger was responsible for scouting the Southwest for the team. He now comes over to the Steelers looking to potentially reprise that role.

As mentioned, Highberger has ties to the city of Pittsburgh. He played at Carnegie Mellon University for four years in the 2000s. Highberger started in all four seasons for the Tartans. A native of Blairsville, PA, Highberger played for various teams around the Pittsburgh area, including the Pittsburgh River Rats and Johnstown Riverhawks of the AIFA.

During his time at Carnegie Mellon, Highberger racked up impressive stats, finishing in the Top 10 for passing yards, completions, and yards by the end of his career. In 2003 and 2004, he was named to the second-team all-University Athletic Association.

Highberger graduated from Blairsville before heading to Carnegie Mellon to play football. Now, he is a seasoned veteran as a scout, having been in the NFL for 13 years. Pittsburgh brings him to his second stop in the process of his scouting career in the NFL.

Highberger is the third acquisition to the Steelers scouting staff in as many days. They hired former McKeesport and South Allegheny head coach Jim Ward away from the Eagles earlier in the week, and nabbed former Raiders scout Zack Crockett on Wednesday. After the retirement of Mark Gorscak, it seems that the wheel of change is going strong for Omar Khan and his front office staff.

The Steelers now will look to the future as they continue forward under Omar Khan and Andy Weidl heading up the front office. After Kevin Colbert’s departure a year ago, there has been plenty of change within the Steelers scouting staff, and these two moves are just the latest example of that.

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