With any coaching change, recruiting classes are often broken up. So with the news that Pitt head coach Paul Chryst is expected to bolt for Wisconsin, there's understandably been some concern about the Panthers' 2015 class.
The jewel of that class, Jordan Whitehead, says he's staying put, though. From the Beaver County Times:
Whitehead said Pitt will still be it even though there were assistant coaches from three colleges that he considered – Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State – who watched him play Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium.
"Yes, I just heard from teams that recruited me last time," Whitehead said. "My top four … Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State."
"I’m still following through with Pitt," Whitehead added. "I chose Pitt for a reason. I just feel comfortable there."
Whitehead spoke after his Central Valley team's loss in the state championship to Archbishop Wood, 33-14, on Friday night.
If Whitehead follows through with his commitment, that's beyond big for a program in need of defensive playmakers. Whitehead is the No. 1 overall recruit in Pennsylvania according to Rivals, and one of their top 100 players in the nation.
There's still some time until National Signing Day and we don't even know who Pitt's next coach will be if/once Chryst checks out of town. So until he signs on the dotted line, there's going to continue to be speculation. Still, Whitehead reaffirming his commitment is big news for a program that is reeling and left scrambling to find another head coach.
With Whitehead announcing he is staying put, it will be interesting to see if other recruits follow suit.
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