24 January 2011
When I joked about getting three running back commitments in three days like Pitt did this summer with DEs, I must have been on to something. Tonight, former Cincinnati commit Malcolm Crockett gave his pledge to Pitt. A three star guy according to ESPN, Scout and Rivals, Crockett is listed at 5'11", 185 lbs. ESPN has an evaluation ($):
This is a downhill, between the tackles guy at the next level with some shake to make you miss through the hole. With that style he will need to continue adding size, strength and power to carry over current yards after contact and remain durable in an every-down role. Overall, Crocket is a college ready back with a lot of quality attributes to develop. Looks to be able to fit into a few different offensive schemes. Could grow into a productive every-down back with improved blocking and receiving skills.
Don't feel too bad for the Bearcats - they pillaged Pennsylvania's own Jameal Poteat from Pitt after the Wannstedt firing / Haywood debacle. Off the bat, Crockett appears to be more of a pass-catcher than Poteat - per the ESPN evaluation - although there's certainly lots of room for development among 17 year olds. The "college ready" line is huge if true, as Pitt will likely need at least two freshman backs to not only forgo a redshirt, but to contribute in some fashion if Graham plans to run his Tulsa offensive scheme.
However, barring some sort of elite runner randomly calling up Graham and wanting to commit, I'd assume Pitt is done recruiting RBs in this class. With four freshman backs slated to come in, it will be an intense spring as the staff decides who gets carries and who redshirts.
A hearty welcome to Malcolm Crockett, the current leader for best name in this recruiting class.
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