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January 6, 2014

In theory, there might be a reason to tell a commit that if he is making the commitment, then he should not still be taking recruiting trips to other schools. This despite the fact that a verbal commitment is non-binding. One of those reasons might be a promise by the coach of the program not to recruit any more players at the same position.  A show of good faith by both sides.

But when you are  a program getting ready to leap from the Big East to the Big Ten. When you are a coach that has seen strained relations with your local recruits and some of the coaches in the area. You might want to be a little more flexible.

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is not that kind of flexible. It has cost him a few de-commits this year with his belief that recruits need to shut down visits even as he keeps recruiting others. Back in November, that cost him Adonis Jennings.

Pitt was the source of the rift then, as Jennings took an unofficial visit to Pitt for the Notre Dame-Pitt game. Pitt was the final beneficiary last night.

Like many local sportswriters, I found myself slogging through the Semper Fi All-Star Game just for the announced decision of Jennings and his quotes.

“First off, I’d like to thank every program that gave me a chance to attend their university. I’d like to thank my parents for their love and support and the coaches as well for coaching me to be the best I can,” said Jennings. “For the next four years, I’ll be attending the University of Pittsburgh.”

Jennings went on the explain the reason why he selected Pitt, although he had yet to take an official visit there.

“I think I fit well in that offense,” he said. “I’m gonna come in ready to compete and that’s all it comes down to.”

Jennings’ “official” visit to Pitt is scheduled for next Friday.

Obviously, there is an expectation that Jennings will be able to come in as a freshman and compete to start opposite Tyler Boyd.

Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said Jennings, who also attracted offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech and Arizona, has attended and dominated many of the top camps in the nation. Jennings set a Timber Creek record for receiving yards this season (1,434) in New Jersey’s second-largest classification.

Hinson believes Jennings can be successful in college.

“He is a very explosive wide receiver,” Hinson said. “He is physical, polished. He has a lot to learn, but on the high school level, he’s pretty much unguardable. When he gets one-on-one matchups, he can dominate.”

Now after the Maryland-Pitt basketball game (I’ll be getting to it soon), there is the whole BCS Championship game. Since ESPN loves overkill they are doing a multi-platform, multi-media spectacle. One of which will include the “BCS Film Room.”

“BCS Film Room” on ESPNEWS will feature Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Boston College coach Steve Addazio as well as ESPN analysts Matt Millen, Chris Spielman and Tom Luginbill providing in-depth X and O analysis of the game as it happens from a film room equipped with multiple camera angles and touchscreens.

Well, Charlie Strong begged off after taking the Texas job. Coach Paul Chryst is taking over the spot. So if you want to see/listen to Coach Chryst talk football this is the channel to watch. I admit, this has me a bit intrigued.

I’m putting the 0ver/under at number of times he says “neat” at 6.5 right now.

Keep in mind that Kolodziej was a Two-Time Captain at Wisconsin which tells you he knows something about leadership and putting in the work.

Surprise, surprise. Another Wisconsin guy. PITT football must be employing half the state of Wisconsin. 🙂

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 4:06 pm

Another transplanted cheesehead. Wait a minute, do they incorporate S&C programs in the NFL these days? Maybe Ross took notes during the half dozen years or so that he played during his professional career and now wants to do something productive in his post NFL career while still remaining in the game of football.

Even though he only has one year under his S&C coaching belt at Wiskey, just maybe he might know something about this gig because of his on the job training? Guess we’ll find out.

The new drink on campus,,, out with the Gatoraid and the Pitt Koolaid now it’s nothing but Kolodziej from here on out in the Iron Works.

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 4:27 pm

I’ll take Wisconsin football for the next 15 years. May not produce a National Championship, but BCS bowls 3 years in a row and contending for League Championships is ok by me!

Comment by JBizz 01.06.14 @ 4:28 pm

How does one pronounce that Doc…Kolodziej.

I’ve been away from da Burgh so long my linguistic skills with those types of names is failing me.

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 4:40 pm

And here I thought PC was coming ‘out of his shell’ after those Dale Carnegie classes, Tony Robbins tapes. haha

Comment by Emel 01.06.14 @ 4:42 pm

I do not care if Pitt employs everyone from WI or what Chryst wears as long as Pitt WINS.

Comment by Frank MD 01.06.14 @ 5:53 pm

@ Emel, Doc looks perplexed and shrugs shoulders.???

Comment by Dr. Tom 01.06.14 @ 5:58 pm

I can tell you Amara is the real deal and he loves Pitt he’s not even here yet and he’s been recruiting other players hard.

Comment by Togatogatoga 01.06.14 @ 7:29 pm

Heya toga, nice to hear about Amara but who is he going after?

I took a look at the Louisville verbals and they have two nice linemen (DT Nelson and OT Burns). Both had offers from Pitt and both are talented. Would be worth a follow-up in my opinion. Good job with Jennings HCPC!!! Now go do some follow up work on the two above, a couple penn staters and a CB that for some reason picked the community college of Morgantown.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 01.06.14 @ 8:14 pm

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