The Steelers have invited Charlotte 49ers center Jaelin Fisher to their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, Charlotte announced.
Fisher, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound center from Nashville, was a three-year starter for Charlotte, where he was a teammate of Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith.
He started 30 games in his Charlotte career. In 2018 and 2019, he blocked for back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons for Ben LeMan, while helping the 49ers to their first bowl game following the 2019 season. After his redshirt senior season in 2020, Fisher was named an honorable mention All-Conference USA player.
After losing longtime starter Maurkice Pouncey to retirement, the Steelers drafted Illinois center Kendrick Green in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, to add to the position where they already had backups J.C. Hassenauer and B.J. Finney.
But they don’t seem content to stop just there. Fisher is the second center to be invited to the team’s rookie minicamp as a tryout, along with West Virginia’s Chase Behrndt.
The team can invite just five tryouts to rookie camp this season, four of which have now been reported: Behrndt, Slippery Rock quarterback Roland Rivers III and Indiana defensive tackle Jovan Swann.