Hafley To Rutgers

In a move likely which could have a significant impact on both the Pitt and Rutgers recruiting classes for 2011, Jeff Hafley is expected to switch Big East schools, going back to his home state.

When introduced as head coach on Thursday afternoon, Michael Haywood said he wanted to interview all of Dave Wannstedt's assistants, with the possibility of hiring two of those assistants.

We now know that Jeff Hafley is one of them, as he is expected to be signed on as an assistant coach at Rutgers on Saturday.

The move will significantly impact Pitt's recruiting ties to New Jersey, something Hafley worked very hard to do at Pitt. In its 2009 recruiting class, Hafley recruited such impact players as Ray Graham and Dion Lewis to Pitt. Both players made an impact on Pitt's running game as true freshmen.

Jason Hendricks was also a member of that 2009 recruiting class. He redshirted in 2009, but started at safety in 2010.

His 2010 class included the top player in the state, T.J. Clemmings. He also recruited offensive lineman Brandon Sacco and defensive end Bryan Murphy. Despite a broken foot in training camp, Murphy rebounded to earn a spot as Pitt's third defensive end by the final regular season game at Cincinnati.

The 2011 recruiting class looked to be Hafley's best work, which included four-star receiver Bill Belton, four-star defensive tackle Marquise Wright, three-star linebacker Quinton Alston and three-star defensive end Max Issaka. Pitt was also in the running for five-star running back Savon Huggins for much of his recruitment.

Belton, earlier this week, said that he has de-committed from Pitt. Alston says he is still with Pitt for now. Hafley was a major factor in these prospects committing to Pitt. His switch to Rutgers may affect their decision, and eventual signing with Pitt.


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