Pitt Football Recruiting: Marcus Collins commits to Panthers

Jared Wickerham

Pitt secured another commitment for the 2014 recruiting class when safety Marcus Collins decided to become a Panther, according to Panther Digest. He visited Pitt recently and quickly gave his commitment.

Collins is listed as a safety on the major recruiting sites, but 24/7's Harry Psaros tweeted that he will start out at linebacker.

Collins' joining the squad isn't likely to relieve fears by those who have concerns about head coach Paul Chryst's class. He checks in as only a two-star recruit per Rivals and Scout doesn't yet have a grade for him. And when it comes to offers, there weren't many any big names that had offered scholarships so far. Besides service academies Army and Air Force, his other offers included a slew of FCS schools. Woof.

As I've pointed out before, though, can't judge a book by his cover and plenty of two-star kids have gone on to make names for themselves. But I do think the angst will grow against Chryst about the number of lower-rated guys Pitt has pursued since he came. I'm fine with the job he's doing thus far, but there are plenty of folks who aren't.

One thing to mention is that some of Pitt's coaches have known him since his middle school days ($). So if nothing else, they know the type of player he is and apparently can become.

And an encouraging thing is that Chryst also continues to look to B1G country for players. Collins is from La Follette High School in Wisconsin and that gives the head coach four players from that state since coming to Pitt.

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