New Pitt coach Mike Haywood will certainly step up his recruiting efforts when the NCAA's two-week "dead period" ends Monday. But in the past few weeks, a number of high school players who originally made verbal commitments to Pitt have been looking elsewhere or decided to attend other schools.
Pitt had 17 recruits in the class of 2011 when Dave Wannstedt resigned as coach. A few have decided to stick with Pitt. Some are taking a wait-and-see approach. Here are some updates on Pitt's recruiting:
Gary Nova, QB, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) -- Wannstedt never was able to land a standout quarterback, but getting Nova to commit this summer was considered a nice catch. Nova, though, opened his recruitment after Wannstedt's departure. He is still considering Pitt but plans to visit Rutgers in January and is seriously looking at Miami, as well as a few other schools.
Jameel Poteat, RB. Bishop McDevitt (Pa.) -- Wannstedt's departure cost Pitt this recruit. He immediately started looking elsewhere and decided two weeks ago that he will play next season at Cincinnati.
Kyshoen Jarrett, DB, East Stroudsburg South (Pa.) -- Jarrett spoke with Haywood after Haywood became Pitt's coach, but Jarrett decided to open his recruiting. He originally said he would take some visits in January, but has made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech.
Desimon Green, DE, Clairton -- It appears Green will definitely end up somewhere other than Pitt. He said Cincinnati and Michigan State are his top choices.
Lafayette Pitts, DB, Woodland Hills -- Pitts still might end up at Pitt, but he made a visit to Iowa in December. He has visits scheduled to Maryland and Rutgers in January, but also plans to visit Pitt.
Bill Belton, WR, Winslow Township (N.J.) -- He is still considering Pitt but is also looking at Cincinnati, Penn State and West Virginia.
Ben Kline, LB, Dallastown (Pa.) -- Kline has decided on his future. He backed out of his commitment to Pitt and said in early December he will play at Penn State.