A look at the impact of Lafayette Pitts’ commitment to Pitt
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Lafayette Pitts’ verbal commitment to the Pitt Panthers during the 2010 Dave Wannstedt Team Passing Camp at the Panthers’ UPMC South Side facilities yesterday was big in many ways.
Pitts was the Panthers’ third commitment from the Keystone State this 2011 recruiting class, joining OL Artie Rowell (Central Dauphin) and LB Ben Kline (Dallastown).
Pitts was the first WPIAL 2011 prospect to verbally commit to a Division-1 program.
But perhaps, most importantly, Pitts’ commitment could swing a couple other Woodland Hills’ prospects – LB Ejuan Price and DL Quinton Jefferson – to stay closer to home and choose Pitt as their school. Both Price and Jefferson are piling up the scholarship offers – Price has nine offers to date and Jefferson 10.
“That’s what we’re hoping (that Pitts committing to Pitt helps keep Price & Jefferson local),” said Woodland Hills assistant coach Joe Lafferty told me prior to the Wolverines’ first scrimmage Saturday morning against Findlay.
Pitts said he committed to the Panthers to stay closer to his family and to home. He also said Pitt was always his favorite program.
“Pitt has a great program and Dave Wannstedt is one of the top coaches in the nation,” said Woodland Hills head coach George Novak. “Pitts is a very versatile athlete and is one of the best in the WPIAL and the entire state.
“He had a lot of offers,” Novak continued, “but Pitt was always his favorite. He wanted to get the decision out of the way so he could concentrate on what he needs to do for football this coming season.”
Pitts said he was recruited to play defensive back at Pitt, but also, the potential exists to be used in other phases of the game. Novak said Pitts is very versatile and can be used in roles on offense (as a running back and wide receiver), defense (as a physical cornerback), and special teams (returning kickoffs and punts).
Woodland Hills finished 12-2 last season, averaging 29.1 points per game on offense and allowing nearly 9.4 points per game on defense, with two shutouts.
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