Pitt's recruiting left in limbo
For weeks, Clairton's Desimon Green was uncertain about his college decision, wondering whether Pitt was the right place for him.
Now, he believes it's not.
There were nearly 50 text messages and 30 missed calls waiting for Green when he left the practice field Tuesday, most letting him know Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt had resigned.
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.
Wannstedt's decision has caused uncertainty for Pitt's 16 recruits from the Class of 2011, including the two from the WPIAL.
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.
As word spread about Wannstedt's decision, Pitts' phone rang with a call from Panthers assistant Frank Cignetti.
"(Cignetti) called and said coach Wannstedt had resigned, but he didn't want to (resign)," Pitts said. "They made him."
Now, Pitts wonders about his own future. The defensive back chose Pitt over offers from Iowa and Maryland.
For him, the news was surprising.
"I didn't think it was going to happen," Pitts said, "because he'd just got an extension on his contract. ... I loved coach Wannstedt. He was a great man."
Green, who received a call from assistant coach Greg Gattuso yesterday, believes Wannstedt should have stayed.
"I don't think he was the problem," Green said.
Green and his Clairton teammates still are playing football in the PIAA Class A playoffs. Following the season, Green plans to make the trip to Lubbock, Texas, that he canceled when he committed to Pitt.
"After this," Green said, "I'll probably take all of my trips."