As expected, with Dave Wannstedt’s resignation, recruits who have given verbal commitments may be wavering. One recruit, Desimon Green, says he’s defeinitely considering looking around and has rescinded his commitment:
That news has made Green decide to rescind his verbal commitment.
“He was one of the main reasons I went there,” Green said of Wannstedt. “I was already wavering. I wasn’t sure. But this made it clear.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end chose Pitt over offers from Texas Tech, Michigan and Michigan State, among others.
“Everybody’s got to do what’s best for them,” Green said.
Another, Lafayette Pitts, says his decision may hinge on if Pitt keeps its assistants:
Woodland Hills’ Lafayette Pitts, a defensive back, said yesterday that he will remain committed to Pitt — for now.
“I’m trying to wait and see what happens with the rest of the coaches,” Pitts said. “As of right now, I’m still going to Pitt, until I get more information.”
The key for Pitts will be whether the assistant coaches are retained.
“If they stick around, I’ll stick around,” he said.
This is, of course, no surprise. Wannstedt’s known as a great recruiter and he develops good relationships with players. Whenever any coach leaves, it’s likely that all recruits won’t be retained. But in Pitt’s case, it could lose more players than normal.
All the more reason that the team needs to find a replacement in short order.