Long. Extra long day of work. Put in the extra hours in no small part because the snow that is falling — yet again — will almost certainly cancel school — yet again — for my kids. So, get the extra stuff done ahead of time so that taking most of Wednesday off is not a hassle. That it would just happen to land on signing day and let me stay home and watch tweets of a confirmations of recruits was just an extra bonus. Not an extra bonus — not being able to post/comment on a last minute flip of a recruit.
Just remember, Pitt. It’s not you, it’s him.
Quarterback Wade Freebeck said choosing Vanderbilt over Pitt wasn’t easy.
“It was very stressful,” he said Tuesday night. “I’m stressed out.”
Freebeck said he chose an opportunity to get a degree from Vanderbilt, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the U.S., more than he passed on Pitt.
Freebeck said Vanderbilt’s “pedigree” — it was 17th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 university rankings — was the deciding factor.
“Football is football,” said Freebeck, who said he carries a 4.7 grade-point average at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “For me, if I can utilize it to get the best education, that’s what I want to do.”
He said giving Pitt coach Paul Chryst the bad news — after he had committed June 30 — was difficult.
“It was nothing Pitt lacked. They are definitely on the right track,” Freebeck said. “I was disappointed to have to tell him something like that. He was very understanding, a good person.”
I doubt that Chryst will give an answer, but at the presser this afternoon I would really like someone to ask him if Freebeck told him directly when he was at Pitt over this past weekend.
It royally sucks to lose a recruit just before signing day. And yeah, Pitt is now in an even more precarious spot at the QB position after giving the boot to Chapman in August. But if Pitt flipped a player at the last minute, would you be killing the kid and his character for it or just welcoming him and what he can do for Pitt? If Dravon Henry or Montae Nicholson have a last minute change of heart tomorrow (not happening, but go with it), are you telling them, “No?”
I know what I’d be doing, so I’m not going to jump on some moral high ground. I might engage in some passive-aggressive comments that reference/compare Anthony Morelli, but that’s about it.
After the first two years of Pitt recruiting classes under Chryst where one QB disappears from each class, maybe he should look to recruit 3 in a class. Just in case.
And, yes there is the whole coaching carousel thing that created this. It’s not like new Penn State coach James Franklin directly flipped a Pitt recruit. He was just part of the dominoes that led to it.