Defensive back Montae Nicholson. A 4-star stud that Pitt really needed for the secondary opted for Michigan State today. If it wasn’t for the loss of Dravon Henry, I probably wouldn’t be too upset. Losing two potential big-time players from your own backyard. At a position you know will need help very soon. That isn’t good.
In Nicholson’s case, there was the extra knife twisting that he mentioned that his final two were Michigan State and Florida State.
I can’t fault a defensive player for choosing Michigan State. They play a hellacious defense and it is a huge emphasis. But it is impossible not to be disappointed.
And along with that disappointment, the urge to cast blame.
It is impossible not to look towards Matt House. The young defensive coordinator who did not exactly impress in his first year. His change of the type of coverage in the secondary, resulted in the corners struggling mightily all season. And seemed to go away from those players’ strength struggled mightily.
This is probably not the right time for me to get into Matt House. So I’m going to keep it simple.
I really, really want to be fair to House. It’s not his fault he was promoted to the spot. That’s on Head Coach Paul Chryst.
With that said, you take a position like that, you take the heat that comes with it. So far I have seen little on the field to suggest he should be a defensive coordinator. And his work in recruiting has been similarly lackluster.
Pitt is landing some really good recruits on the offensive side of the ball. To the point where Shai McKenzie would be nice, but not a big loss. But the defense needs some studs. Some players might develop or surprise, but it feels like it is heading for a rough go. He’s only got one game left with Aaron Donald to anchor that defense.