Will he or won’t he? That is the question.
If you’re Pitt Panthers head coach Paul Chryst, you’re praying that he will.
I’m referring, of course, to whether stud running back Corey Clement will indeed follow through with his verbal commitment to play for the Panthers next season in Pittsburgh.
Clement has been committed to the Panthers since mid- June, and his rock solid status is anything but rock solid now.
Every prospect gets five official visits to take during his recruitment to see the school, take in a game, talk to the coaches, meet some players, “talk” with some pretty college girls, etc. Clement has taken two such visits, and is on the cusp of taking his third. Clement, from Glassboro New Jersey, took his first official visit September 1st to Nebraska beat Southern Miss. Clement then went to Notre Dame to see the Irish dominate Michigan. Now, this weekend, Clement will be in Wisconsin to see the Badgers take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Notice any particular school he still hasn’t officially visited? Yes, the very school he is apparently committed to, Pitt. To make matters even worse is the fact that he doesn’t even have a visit scheduled yet.
Chryst is going to have to move fast to get Clement on an official visit because Clement is planning on early enrollment. This really puts that Panthers in a bind because Clement wants all of the paperwork to go through in time for him to attend the first day of classes for the second semester.
But is he even still committed to the Panthers? Who knows at this point. As often as we’ve been seeing kids decommit from one school only to jump into bed with another occurs at an alarming rate. Clement very well could be next.
There’s still time for Pitt and for Chryst to finalize the deal with Clement. There’s just not an over-abundance of it. They should, because Clement is one heck of a running back who can play in nearly any kind of offensive scheme.