Pitt’s recruiting class took an interesting twist Monday, as a WPIAL player reneged on his commitment and the Panthers landed one of the nation’s top kickers.
Greensburg Central Catholic defensive back Chris Hayden-Martin, who had verbally committed in June, told Pitt coaches yesterday that he planned to visit other schools. The Panthers have since pulled his scholarship offer.
Pitt also landed Mentor (Ohio) kicker Kevin Harper, who is ranked fifth nationally by Scout.com and seventh by Rivals.com. Harper has converted field goals of 58 and 61 yards this season and has had 50 kickoffs for touchbacks. Harper chose Pitt over Kent State and Marshall, but was receiving interest from several Big Ten programs.
Pitt was prepared to honor its scholarship to Hayden-Martin after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last Thursday against Jeannette. But GCC coach Muzzy Colosimo said Boston College, Michigan State and South Carolina have continued to recruit Hayden-Martin, and he decided to reopen his recruitment.