For defensive lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith, the wait is almost over. Mosley-Smith is expected to be enrolled at Pitt, so he can officially begin classes three weeks from today.
"I'm not officially enrolled, but I'm supposed to be calling (Pitt) by the end of the week," Mosley-Smith said. "Everything looks good from prep school, and I'll be good to go for January 5. It is great news. I just have to make sure everything clears up, send it to the (NCAA) Clearinghouse and everything."
Mosley-Smith says it hasn't been an easy wait--after being ruled ineligible on the eve of his first training camp at Pitt breaking back in August. He enrolled at Milford Prep where he earned Defensive Player of the Year honors for his team. Then, he comes to find out he won't get to play for the coach who recruited him to Pitt, Dave Wannstedt.
"I talk to (the other commits), and we're just saying it's crazy how everything happened," Mosley-Smith said. "Everything is still good (with Pitt). I'm just waiting to see what's going on with these coaches. I would be real happy if they went with (offensive coordinator Frank) Cignetti. That's my boy; my recruiting coach."
In fact, Mosley-Smith was at a team practice on Sunday, as the Panthers begin to put aside all other distractions with this coaching change, and get set to prepare for the BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky on January 8.
"They were staying positive about everything," Mosley-Smith said. "A lot of players were upset with what happened, but I guess that's what happens. They‘re just practicing like it‘s a regular day."
Though the coaching change and having to wait awhile to get to Pitt has been a big thing on Mosley-Smith's mind, he's already looking forward to officially being enrolled at Pitt, and getting back on the football field.
"It's a real early Christmas present; there's nothing else that I want," Mosley-Smith said. "I'm just trying to get this out of the way and get there; do what I got to do. I have a lot of anger to release (on the football field). It's just the wait, and watching the team you're supposed to be on, and not being able to be at the game. Everything is good. I'm just waiting to see what's going on with these coaches."