Pitt football head coach Todd Graham has been on the recruiting trail ever since he was hired. That paid off as he landed his first commitment at Pitt (must be an Insider to view) in JUCO offensive lineman Zenel Demhasaj.
Demhasaj isn't a great recruit by his rating - Scout and Rivals both give him two stars. Still, Pitt is in dire need of quality linemen ... even more so now with Jason Pinkston and Alex Karabin moving on.
Demhasaj reportedly had offers from Cincinnati and Memphis among others. According to him, Michigan State had some interest as well, but it apparently never materialized.
He was hoping for an offer from Rutgers, but they apparently decided to take a pass. Demhasaj said there seemed to be interest, but didn't know what happened:
Demhasaj said he was hearing a good bit from Rutgers back in November, and he even visited the school during the weekend of their game against Syracuse.
"That was an unofficial visit," he recalled. "I spoke with one of their coaches and they showed me the whole place, but I haven’t really talked to them since then. I don’t know what happened, really. I guess they lost interest."
The article also pointed out that he dealt with an ACL injury, so maybe that was a part of it. Either way, Graham appears to be moving quickly and that's exactly what Pitt needs.