The revolving door that is the de-committment process continues.
It’s not at all surprising for this time of year (or any time of the year for that matter), for prospects to have a sudden change of heart. At least it’s much less frustrating for fans and coaches alike when it’s well before National Signing Day.
When a prospect suddenly changes his mind the very day everyone is expecting him to pick their school, and then picks another school, it can be devastating (or a blessing in disguise- think Ryan Perrilloux, Texas Longhorn fans). But for nearly every de-commit you have, you will be on the positive side of the situation, when a prospect you didn’t think you had a chance of getting all of a sudden picks your school. That’s the beauty of recruiting. You truly just never know how it’s going to turn out.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have certainly had their share of de-commits this year, and that trend continues even today. Not only are they coming off a tough, triple overtime loss at Notre Dame, but they also lost an intriguing cornerback prospect in Anthony Covington.
The 5’10’’ 185lb star defensive back had been committed to Pittsburgh, but apparently realized that the Steel City wasn’t a good fit for him. He’s indicated that academics, location and opportunity are the key interest points for him, so my best guess is the location factor in regards to his sudden change of heart.
Covington, from powerhouse Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, will re-open his recruitment again after his current season ends. MC is in the playoffs, and will play another powerhouse, Vance High School, in the next round of the state tournament.
The one school that doesn’t have a shot now? You guessed it, the Pitt Panthers.