Cranford (N.J.) quarterback Reggie Green committed to Pitt on Tuesday, first calling coach Paul Chryst with the news and then posting on Twitter: “Officially committed to the University of Pittsburgh. Hail to Pitt!!!!”
Green is a quarterback at Cranford, but Pitt recruited him as an athlete who has a stated preference for offense. At 6-3, 205, he probably will settle at wide receiver, giving coach Paul Chryst the kind of size he likes in his pass catchers.
He also can run, leading Cranford to a state championship last year with a 41-yard touchdown. This season, he has thrown only 37 times in four games, but he has rushed for 591 yards and seven touchdowns.
– Green’s acceptance of a scholarship from Pitt was triggered by his visit during the weekend of the Virginia Tech game. If Pitt can somehow defeat Louisville next week, the victory could have a similar effect. But a big victory isn’t necessary. Charlotte (N.C.) cornerback Anthony Covington committed two days after the loss to Youngstown State.
– Most impressive is how Green pledged to attend Pitt after Rutgers — right in his backyard — also had offered, along with Michigan State, North Carolina State and Boston College.
– Meanwhile, Green is Pitt’s 18th recruit from the Class of 2013, with at least one player from each position group, led by three defensive backs.
– Anyone accusing Pitt of focusing too much on Western Pennsylvania can stop. Only five of the 18 attend or attended schools in the area. They are defensive lineman Tyrique Jarrett of Allderdice and Milford (N.Y.) Academy, South Fayette wide receiver Zach Challingsworth, Seton-La Salle tight end Scott Orndoff, Gateway tight end Jaymar Parrish and Clairton cornerback Titus Howard.
– Interesting quote from redshirt freshman cornerback Lafayette Pitts on the team’s recovery from an 0-2 start: “It seems like we are more focused and ready to play. At the beginning of the season, it seemed like we thought everything was going to be handed to us. But we are actually working now.”
– Pitts admitted he cut into traffic on his 64-yard kickoff return against Gardner-Webb, but he remains first in the Big East and seventh in the nation with an average of 33.5 yards. Pitt said he had 11 returns for touchdowns at Woodland Hills (punts and kickoffs), with eight coming in his junior season until most teams wised up and kicked away from him.