Recruiting Report: Poteat might have cold feet for Pitt

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Jameel Poteat

is trying to keep his mind on helping Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt win a PIAA championship in football, but lately, the star running back has been forced to think a lot about his college future.

Poteat, a senior halfback, made a verbal commitment to Pitt this summer. It was a big recruit for then coach Dave Wann-stedt because Poteat is ranked among the top 10 running backs in the country by at least one scouting service. But Poteat said earlier this week that Wannstedt's ouster as coach has him looking elsewhere.

Michael Haywood, formerly the head man at Miami (OH) University, was formally installed as Pitt's new coach yesterday.

Poteat, whose team will play in the PIAA Class AAA championship game tonight, said Cincinnati is probably his No. 1 choice now and he will take some official visits to other colleges. He said he will also look at Rutgers, but Tennessee and Michigan State are in the picture, too.

"I was a big Wannstedt guy. I love coach Wannstedt," Poteat said. "For them to let him go was shocking. Us McDevitt guys and Wannstedt were close. I bonded with him. So I opened things back up with the recruiting."

Wannstedt recruited a number of McDevitt players during his tenure at Pitt, including former McDevitt star running back LeSean McCoy.

"Pitt was my first love, but they let my man go," Poteat said. "My big thing was Pitt's playing style. They run straight at you and not too many coaches do that. Plus, Wannstedt did so many things for guys I know."

Poteat also said he hasn't totally ruled out Pitt.

Poteat has rushed for 1,653 yards this season on 321 attempts.

"Some games I get frustrated because teams are stacking the box," Poteat said. "But I'm happy because it's not about individual stats. Look how far we've made it."


Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com


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