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Top Pitt recruit changes mind, chooses Cincinnati

One of the first questions about Pitt football after the firing of coach Dave Wannstedt was whether new coach Michael Haywood would be able to keep Wannstedt's recruits in the fold.

Highly touted Bishop McDevitt running back Jameel Poteat has changed his mind about the Panthers, choosing instead to go to Cincinnati, a school many Pitt fans would consider inferior to Pitt.

Penn Live has more details on Poteat's move.

Poteat was the star back for Bishop McDevitt, the PIAA Class AAA champs. He rushed for 31 TDs this season, bringing his career total to 84.

While Pitt has two strong running backs already in Dion Lewis and Ray Graham, the move is troubling for Pitt. Penn Live reported that Poteat is " is one of a number of Pitt recruits who have de-committed" since Wannstedt was forced out.

One of Wannstedt's strengths was the ability to recruit. It was his coaching that got him in trouble.

Hopefully Haywood does better coaching than Wannstedt did. While it's too early to draw a conclusion, Poteat's decision doesn't help ease the minds of those that thought Pitt reached when it named Haywood as its coach.


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