Pitt has lost another top recruit who liked what he saw from coach Paul Chryst’s program — just not enough to commit to it.
That seems to be a theme after WPIAL stars Montae Nicholson and Shai McKenzie seriously considered the Panthers before saying they will go to Michigan State and Virginia Tech, respectively.
Jamil Kamara, ranked by Rivals.com as the 19th-best wide receiver in the nation, said Saturday he will attend Virginia after including Pitt and Wisconsin among his final three choices. Kamara played at Bishop Sullivan (Va.) High School and also has offers from Clemson, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Landing Kamara would have been important to Pitt’s rebuilding project — he also has some potential on defense — but he is from Virginia Beach and liked the idea of being closer to home than what Pitt offered him.
Virginia coach Mike London is doing a good job with this class, despite having the worst record in the ACC (2-10, 0-8) this season. Virginia is ranked 20th nationally in recruiting (fourth in the ACC), according to ESPN.com. By the way, seven ACC schools are ranked in the top 40, led by Florida State (No. 4). Pitt, which has three Rivals.com four-stars among its 21 commitments, is not on the list.
Pitt has a good shot at another four-star wide receiver, Adonis Jennings of Timber Creek (N.J.) High School. Jennings, who also is considering Iowa and Arkansas, is playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American game Sunday night in Carson, Calif., and people close to him have said he may make an announcement at that time.
But he plans to visit Pitt on Jan. 17. Meanwhile, Hawgsports.com (an Arkansas site) reports that Jennings will visit the Razorbacks on Jan. 24.
What if he commits to Pitt before the 24th? What if he commits to Arkansas before the 17th? He also has an uncle who went to Iowa.
Is it any wonder why following recruiting is so maddening?
The one aspect of the Pitt situation that is not in question — wide receivers coach Bobby Engram is key to the process. In only two years at Pitt, he has built strong bonds with several high school players and coaches, inside and outside Pennsylvania.
Some recruits go elsewhere, anyway, but Engram gets the Panthers in the front door.