Todd Graham's staff didn't take long to decide that Will Parks should get a scholarship (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Pitt's coaches must be really sold on new commit Will Parks:
Well, in actuality, probably not. I'm sure Pitt had an eye on him before that, but...
"Pitt said they watched me on tape for only 3 minutes, then called coach Kelly right away," Parks said.
Moving ahead . . . to roughly a month ago.
"We were having a training session up at Germantown's field," Parks said. "Two of Pitt's assistants, coach [Michael] Norvell and coach [Tony] Gibson, were there because, even though tapes are good, they still like to see a guy in person.
"We were doing a backpedaling drill. I did it twice, just two times, and they called me to the sideline. Offered me the scholarship right there."
Still, that's pretty telling about how interested Pitt was in Parks, who wasn't a highly-rated recruit. And the fact is that he wasn't pursued all that much (reported offers from UConn, New Mexico, Buffalo, and Stony Brook isn't saying a whole lot) makes me really question this offer - especially so early in the recruiting season.
There are lots of scenarios here. Maybe Pitt is really high on the kid. Maybe they think he can be a good player. Or maybe this is a slightly desperate move in order to ink some recruits. I have a hard time believing option number three, but with all due respect to Parks who I'm sure is a fine athlete, it just seems like kind of a reach this early.