Pitt's Baldwin undecided about NFL Draft
Pitt receiver Jonathan Baldwin is coming back to Pitt — for now.
But a high school recruit decommitted in the wake of the firing of football coach Dave Wannstedt and made a verbal commitment to Penn State.
That's life in the first day of the post-Wannstedt era at Pitt.
Baldwin, a junior, declared his intention to enter the NFL Draft on Tuesday, shortly after Pitt announced Wannstedt was no longer the coach.
Given a day to calm down, Baldwin said Wednesday he has not made a decision about the draft.
"Yesterday, I received a text message from a reporter (Chris Steuber of NFLDraftScout.com) at a time when I was very emotional," Baldwin said in a statement released by the university. "Because of everything that happened, I wasn't using the best judgment and am very sorry about the things that were printed. I have not made a final decision on the NFL Draft. My only focus is on my commitment to my team and preparing to win our bowl game next month."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Baldwin is considered one of the top receiver prospects and could be a high draft pick this year if he leaves Pitt.
Meanwhile, Dallastown High School linebacker Ben Kline, who committed to Pitt during the summer, changed his mind and said he will enroll at Penn State.
Asked if the coaching change at Pitt was a factor, Kline's coach Kevin Myers said, "I believe that had a lot to do with it."
Kline — 6 feet 3, 225 pounds — was the player of the year in the York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association, finishing with 152 tackles, three interceptions and 1 1⁄2 sacks for Dallastown, a Class AAAA school.
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