Mosley-Smith Locked In With Pitt

With a number of 2011 Pitt commits re-opening their recruitment or even de-committing, Khaynin Mosley-Smith is as sure a commit to Pitt as there is.

Monday night, Khaynin Mosley-Smith shared the news that he is officially enrolled for the spring semester, and will start classes on January 5.

"I'm set," Mosley-Smith said. "I'm scheduled for classes on Wednesday (January 5). Everything is going good. I‘m moving in (to the dorms) on Janaury 4. I can finally move in and start classes. I‘m ready."

Interestingly, Mosley-Smith will be enrolled and starting classes, while the rest of the team will be in Birmingham, exercising its last-minute preparations for the BBVA Compass Bowl against Kentucky on January 8.

"I can't go to the bowl game or anything," Mosley-Smith said. "When they come back from bowl game, that's their break. There's a few weeks off or something. I don't know how that works, but when they start (off-season conditioning), I‘ll start it."

Over the weekend, Mosley-Smith had the opportunity to meet his new head coach, Michael Haywood. Though he had a great relationship with Dave Wannstedt and his staff, he seems to have already developed a good relationship with Haywood in just one meeting with him.

"Everything went good (Sunday)," Mosley-Smith said. "I got to talk to him for a little bit. He's pretty cool. I thought it would be different, but he's a nice guy. He's different from coach Wannstedt. He's respected, he's ready to go and get everything turned around."

Different?

"You can tell he's a different coach, period," Mosley-Smith explained. "Coach Wannstedt is a Pittsburgh guy just as I'm a Pittsburgh guy. We connected. Coach Haywood, he expects a lot of different things from you. We'll see how it goes."

Mosley-Smith said that he and Haywood even went in depth about what he expects from his defensive line, and a little more on his defensive philosophy.

"He told me there would be new coaches," Mosley-Smith said. "He said, ‘We're going to keep a couple, and bring some new ones in.' He was straight up with me. He said I'd probably have a new defensive line coach."

The thing that excites Mosley-Smith the most about playing for Haywood, is watching what the coach did in his second year at Miami.

"He's got a great background," Mosley-Smith said. "He turned a losing team around. Anything can happen at this point. He's in the big chair now. We'll see how it turns out down the road."


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