23 January 2012
Bad news today as (PLAYER) Brandyn Cook decommitted from Pitt. The (STARS) three star (POSITION) offensive lineman has elected instead to verbal to (MAC SCHOOL) Miami of Ohio.
As soon as I caught up on today's recruiting news, another Pitt commit decides on the MAC. This one hurts a little bit more since offensive line is still a huge area of need. With Pitt having only one OL for this class (and only got one last year) and an area of need is becoming an area of desperation.
Of course, Cook is a bit on the small-side for Chryst/Bostad lineman. Cook is 6'2", 290 lbs . The smallest lineman on Wisconsin this year was 6'7" and 300 lbs. So maybe there was a lack of interest from Pitt's side. But if that was the case, I'm not sure I understand the logic when I'm looking at the lack of offensive line players currently in the pipeline.
Add in that it seems likely that Pitt will miss on 4-star PA lineman - and one time Wisconsin commit - JJ Denman to Rutgers and it seems as if the panic will start any minute now.
UPDATE: According to some quotes by Jerry DiPaola, Cook was basically told to move on (via the Trib):
Cook, 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, said new Pitt coach Paul Chryst suggested he look elsewhere because of his height.
“He didn’t think I would be able to get a fair shot at Pitt, basically because of my height,” Cook said. “Being a competitor, I wanted to go where I can play and to a place where I am needed and a place where I am wanted.”
Best of luck to him.
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